Need culinary inspiration? Here are Top Ten Reviews’ favorite cooking themed movies and movies with memorable food scenes. You’ll see everything from kitchen catastrophes to fortunes made from food.
A cooking twist on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale when a rat hides under the garbage boy’s toque and turns him into a celebrated chef. Thankfully, this film is animated, as rats in the kitchen are everyone’s restaurant nightmare. Believe it or not, you’ll celebrate the heroism of this rat pack in the kitchen and may discover a yearning for ratatouille. Need a recipe? Try Top Ten Reviews’ #1 ranked software BigOven Inspired Cooking.
Big Night, 1996, Stanley Tucci
The story of two brothers with an Italian restaurant struggling for success against a larger and more popular competitor. Food and its preparation are the art of this film. You’ll see how making an omelet symbolizes brotherly reconciliation, no words needed.
Baby Boom, 1987, Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton as J.C. Wiatt, leaves the business world of Manhattan to provide a country home for a new baby, an unexpected inheritance. Soon bored with being a stay-at-home mom, she uses her marketing skills to launch a new business, organic baby applesauce. Baby Boom gives us the recipe for success: necessity, passion and perseverance.
Mostly Martha, 2002, Martina Gedeck
The winner of many international awards, Mostly Martha is the original to the 2007 film “No Reservations” starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Same plot: harried, single executive chef must raise her traumatized niece, run a demanding kitchen for a top city restaurant, and make a little time to fall in love. Lots of cooking inspiration with European flavor, proving food is the way to everyone’s heart.
Because I Said So, 2007, Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore
Combine a meddling mother and a stubborn daughter who refuse to see their similarities, and you’ve got the plot of this romantic comedy set against a backdrop of memorable catering scenes. Ultimately, both women experience a lot more than cooking catastrophes, find love and newfound closeness.