Great Food & Cooking & Chef Movies
There is a fascinating, alluring, and sobering movie out now, titled "Jiro Dreams Of Sushi". It is a documentary about 85 year old sushi chef Jiro Ono whose tiny, 9 seat restaurant in a subway station is one of the world's finest sushi restaurants.
There are many layers to this movie, beneath the extravagant food pornography. As each piece of nigiri is placed on the plate, it seems to exhale as it settles, languid and glistening, beckoning the viewer's tongue and lips. Sigh.
Highly recommended, if you like that sort of thing. And from the X-rated photos that get posted here - or is it F-rated? - I think you do . . .
Which set me to thinking. What are some great movies about food, about cooking, about chefs? Fiction or documentary, all are welcome.
I have thought of "Woman On Top" with Penelope Cruz. I vaguely remember there was some cooking going on there, but something was distracting me. Another favorite here is "Ratatouille". The creator of that movie once told me about all the research meals his team had to eat in the great restaurants of Paris. Art is hard, I suppose.