From "The Taste of Things" to "Ratatouille": Movies That Make You Hungry

Embark on a delicious cinematic journey with the release of "The Taste of Things" featuring Juliette Binoche, in February 2024. This French movie not only tells a compelling story but also pays homage to French cuisine, putting the iconic "pot-au-feu" in the spotlight. Inspired by this release, we're revisiting films where food takes center stage, from Ratatouille to Julie & Julia.

Films that make your mouth water!

"The Taste of Things" is distinguished by its portrayal of gastronomy, not just as a setting but as a pivotal character. The film centers on Eugénie (Juliette Binoche), an exceptional cook, who has been employed by Dodin (Benoît Magimel), a renowned gastronome, for two decades.

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Their shared journey in the culinary world, set in France around 1885, evolves from a professional relationship into a romantic one, fueled by their mutual admiration and love for gastronomy. As their affection deepens, they create exquisite and delicate dishes, including the iconic Boeuf Bourguignon, a symbol of the rich flavors of French cuisine. These culinary creations not only capture their passion but also astonish the world's greatest epicures, showcasing the evolution of their relationship and their extraordinary talent in gastronomy. 


Ratatouille and Chocolat, other gastronomic cinema gems  

In the world of cinematic gastronomy, a variety of films and series have beautifully intertwined the allure of French cuisine with compelling storytelling, creating a variety of flavors and emotions that linger long after the credits roll. Films like "Le Chocolat" and "Ratatouille" serve as perfect examples. "Le Chocolat," with its mesmerizing portrayal of French chocolate-making, is more than a tale of sweet indulgences. It delves deep into the transformative power of food, using chocolate as a symbol of temptation, change, and community bonding.


On the other hand, "Ratatouille" brings the elegance of French cuisine to the forefront in an animated format. This heartwarming tale of Rémy, a rat with an extraordinary culinary gift, showcases classic French dishes with a whimsical twist, celebrating the gastronomic excellence that is synonymous with Paris.  

When American actors join the feast  

"No Reservations" and "Julie and Julia," both released in 2007, each add a unique flavor to the French culinary narrative in cinema. "No Reservations", starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, immerses viewers in the high-stress world of professional kitchens, showcasing the meticulous techniques and relentless pursuit of excellence that are hallmarks of French gastronomy.


Meanwhile, "Julie and Julia" presents a delightful blend of biography and fiction. This film, inspired by two true stories, follows the early 2000s journey of Julie Powell, portrayed by Amy Adams, who sets out to prepare all the recipes from Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" within a year. Meryl Streep brings to life Julia Child, capturing her iconic status in French cooking. Together, these films illustrate the power of food as a medium for storytelling, personal growth, and cultural expression, celebrating the rich tradition of French cuisine through the lens of cinema.  

The Emily in Paris phenomenon  

Enhancing the cinematic portrayal of French cuisine, "Emily in Paris" stands out for its vibrant depiction of contemporary Parisian life, blending romantic escapades with culinary adventures. The series spotlights Ristorante Terra Nera in the 5th arrondissement, a real restaurant with a red front, known in the show as "Deux Compères." Owned by Johann Baranes and Valerio Abate, Terra Nera, since featuring in "Emily in Paris," has become a hotspot for tourists even offering a dedicated menu inspired by the series. The show charmingly intertwines culinary references with Emily’s quest to embrace Parisian culture, from her delight in ordering a pain au chocolat to her initial skepticism and eventual appreciation for steak cooked "bleu" or "saignant."   

Food is more than sustenance  

Films like "The Taste of Things" are not just cinematic feasts but a tribute to the art of cooking. They remind us that food is more than sustenance; it's an expression of culture, love, and life itself. As these films continue to captivate audiences worldwide, they undoubtedly leave us craving both for the food on screen and the rich stories they tell.   

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