5 Favorite Movies About Cooking

I felt the urge to share how connected I feel now about movies with culinary and food as the main topic, now that I have my own kitchen since I got married.

Just a quick flashback, I usually have my mom cook for me, or my sister. But having my own kitchen and love to eat (yes, I find food is pleasure!), the drive to learn starts. I am still learning until now and will be for next years ahead, but I find the joy of eating your own cooked meal and also picking your own menu. Nothing beats the authenticity! After that, I’ve been trying new recipes and blown away by the results. I also have been watching cooking TV program more now, ahah.

Some movies really deliver that feeling, especially the warm feeling of cooking. It’s not about technique, it’s about instinct and (well) love. I heard from a great cook that you shouldn’t cook when you don’t feel like it. Possibly it will be shown from the taste of your cooked meal.

I have some cooking movies I have not seen yet, but this present I find 5 best cooking movies are :

5. CHOCOLAT (2000)
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I love chocolate, though maybe not as heavy as chocolate lovers out there. They are perfect for just a certain amount on a particular day. Chocolat (2000) tells about a mysterious chocolate shop owner and cook opens her shop in a city with a rather conservative view. Juliette Binoche as the shop owner and cook really stands out with her color and open heart in the middle of judging society who looked down on anything different. There’s a bit of mystical things in the movie that aren’t clear, nor the appearance of Johnny Depp as the hunky guest in the city, but I love how Binoche represents cooking/chocolate as big part of herself. That scene where they all eat together in the backyard garden really felt warm and wonderful, a big contrast compared to the society’s harsh comments on herself and several people on the table.



You just have to mention Ratatouille in the list of favorite cooking movies. When cooking really close with the term ‘clean’, the movie shows how a rat named Remy have a big passion for cooking following his dream. The contrast of his dirty world as a rat and his ‘family’ who loves to steal food just makes him doesn’t belong. But Remy is more capable as a cook than a clueless intern in a big Paris intern in a reputable restaurant. He hides it his chef hat and conducts cooking by ‘managing’ the guy’s hair. As silly as it might sounds, Ratatouille really nailed the excellence and high work of cooking. I love when Remy requests his rat friend to really taste spices and seasoning, not just eat them. Then he compliments how beautiful all those seasonings combined in one cooking. Who can expect you learn things like that from a rat? You just have to compliment how vivid Pixar makes the cooking looked in the movie, it is animated but you can drool yourself seeing how tasty it looks.


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The hidden gem, Today’s Special might have a generic formula of how a man searching his dream. But it has taught me a big point about cooking; it’s not about skill, it’s about your gut and feeling. Plus I love how Indian movie made me feel close to my own root, Asian. I have not tasted Indian food yet, but they seem to be rich with flavor. Today’s Special is about a professional sous chef decided to quit his job after realizing his career won’t go any further from he’s at now. His destination to cook with a great Parisian chef seem far away when suddenly he must replace his father running his Indian restaurant due to his unwell condition. Then he meet an Indian taxi driver who save his life and his father’s restaurant because of his cooking knowledge and ‘magic’. It’s a bit shameful how we sometimes more familiar with international food than food from your own culture. Sometimes you get caught up with perfection and technique, you forget the joy and beauty of it.

2. THE LUNCHBOX (2013)
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A widower received a lunchbox from someone else’s wife and love the food. He feel connected to her as her connected to him, and they started to exchange letters in the lunchbox. It’s as easy as that, finding if you are a match with someone; you both have similar taste. The message is, a person worthy for you must appreciate your own creation. I love how The Lunchbox took me back to classic value; the exchange letters and the traditional food, and how a woman can win a man’s heart by her cooking. It’s also about the value of husband and wife.

1. JULIE & JULIA (2009)
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Ah, Julie & Julia. This proves this movie has inspired me two times; blogging and cooking. The movie tells about two true stories in different time; one, Julia Child’s path to be American cook/author published French recipe and second, Julia Powell’s life when she pursue her dreams; cooking and blog about it. She tries to cook all of Julia Child’s recipe from her book in each single day, which led her to fame. I love how these Julia Child never back down to borders on how women should just do simple cooking, how her husband support her and how she keeps things positive though publishers said no to her books. I love how Julia Powell connect with average women life; a regular staff who still wants to pursue her dreams. She copied her idol and followed her passion, and the magic happens. I still find this movie inspiring after several viewing. These two women and the warm story really ‘hugs’ you.


Almost made the list :

6. Chef (2014)

7. The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

8. Waitress (2007)

9. No Reservations (2007)

10. Haute Cuisine (2012)

This post originally posted here


Comments are most welcome.


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sunglow mama

Jakarta (Indonesian) based blogger, 33, loves beautiful things and to write about them

4 thoughts on “5 Favorite Movies About Cooking”

  1. I’ve watch 2 out 10. Julie and Julia, and Ratatoullie. But my favorite is Julie and Julia. Maybe you should try watch korean drama “Let’s Eat”. Just watch the foodie scene makes you hungry !. Thus korean food looks so tasty.

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