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10 Movies About Food You Should Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

Here are 10 awesome movies about food, restaurants, chefs, and more that you should watch with your family this Thanksgiving weekend!

ratatouille

Ratatouille

Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant

“In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events.”

Directed by Brad Bird, Pixar’s Ratatouille is adorable and a lot of fun and features lots of cooking. The ratatouille in the movie is actually “Confit byaldi”, a variation of the traditional ratatouille dish. The recipe was taken from Thomas Keller’s cookbook, The French Laundry. You can also find the recipe here.

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Julie and Julia

Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant

A culinary legend provides a frustrated office worker with a new recipe for life in Julie and Julia, the true stories of how Julia Child’s (Meryl Streep) life and cookbook inspired fledgling writer Julie Powell (Amy Adams) to whip up 524 recipes in 365 days.

Julia Child is a legend and Meryl Streep’s portrayal of her is fantastic; she comes across as infectiously charming and likable. Julia Child’s epic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, should be available in bookstores near you, or you can order it on Amazon here. Note: Powell’s blog was written in 2002 and Julia Child, who passed away in August 2004 at 91-years-old, was not a fan. She told a friend that she thought it was “gimmicky” and she didn’t like the idea of someone profiting off her name. I wonder what she would have thought about this movie.

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Chef

Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant

“Jon Favreau leads a hilarious all-star cast in this inspiring comedy about a gifted chef who teams up with his ex-wife, best friend and son to launch a food truck business.”

Chef debuted this year at SXSW to mostly positive reviews. It stars Jon Favreau as Carl Casper, the head chef at a prestigious restaurant who quits his job after arguing with a food critic. He then decides to get into the food truck business in his hometown of Miami. Thrillist.com calls the movie “120 minutes of food porn”. Read our full review here.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey

Pre-order on iTunes

“The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.”

Starring Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, The Hundred-Foot Journey is essential a East meets West story. Hassan Kadam (Dayal) and his family leave India and settle down in a quaint French village. They open up an Indian restaurant, which is only a hundred feet away from a classic haute cuisine French restaurant run by Madam Mallory (Mirren). Naturally, conflict sets in and fighting ensues. The movie is based on the 2010 novel by Richard C. Morais.

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Babette’s Feast

Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant

“Two devout and elderly sisters allow their cook, a French refugee, to prepare a feast in honor of their late father’s 100th birthday, despite their spiritual concerns over the sensuality and decadence of French cuisine.”

Babette’s Feast is extremely slow paced but there are plenty of captivating scenes of cooking and food and there is real heart and soul that goes into every meal prepared by Babette (Stéphane Audran). The feast consists of a full seven course French dinner, which includes menu items such as “Cailles en sarcophage” (stuffed quails in puff pastry with foie gras and truffle sauce), pictured above. Here is the recipe.

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Eat Drink Man Woman

Available on iTunes and Amazon Instant

“A delicious comedy about food, fatherhood and family ties. Widower Tao Chu, Taiwan’s most famous chef, struggles with accepting his three daughters’ newfound appetite for boys, an interest that begins to break the family apart with hilarious and often touching results.”

From director Ang Lee, Eat Drink Man Woman centers around a family of three unmarried sisters and their father, a famous Chinese chef. Each Sunday, the family partakes in an elaborate dinner. The three sisters are Jia-Jen, a chemistry teacher converted to Christianity, Jia-Chien, an airline executive, and Jia-Ning, a student who also works in a fast food restaurant. Eat Drink Man Woman is seductive, funny, and poignant.

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Today’s Special

Available for streaming on Netflix

“A haute cuisine chef dreams of cooking in Paris, but an emergency forces him to take over his family’s shabby Indian restaurant in Queens.”

Today’s Special puts the focus on Indian cuisine with The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi as Samir and Bollywood’s Naseeruddin Shah as Akbar, a taxi driver. When Samir is forced to take over his family’s restaurant business, the free-spirited Akbar teaches him the art of Indian cooking.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Available for streaming on Netflix

“This documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies.”

The owner of a tiny sushi bar located in a Tokyo subway, Jiro is hailed as the world’s greatest sushi chef — the first sushi chef to receive 3 Michelin stars. At 85-years-old, he’s still seeking perfection. The documentary also explores the complex relationship between Jiro and his eldest son, who has a lot of pressure to live up to Jiro’s legacy.

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Haute Cuisine

Available for streaming on Netflix

“Based on real characters and lives, this food-rich drama recounts Hortense Laborie’s experiences as personal chef for the president of France.”

French dramedy Haute Cuisine is based on the true story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch who worked as the private chef to François Mitterrand, the longest-serving President of France, who was in office from 1981 to 1995.

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Big Night

Available for streaming on Netflix

“Despite its superb cuisine, an Italian restaurant run by immigrant brothers verges on bankruptcy. But the siblings risk it all to save their bistro.”

Big Night came out in 1996 and stars Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini, and Minnie Driver. It was co-directed by Tucci and Campbell Scott. The movie centers around a “big night” where Shalhoub’s character Primo cooks a complicated Italian dish called timballo.