Haute Cuisine is a real Foodie Movie on Netflix now

Haute Cuisine is a delectable recount of one woman’s journey to culinary perfection while cooking in the private kitchen of the president of France. This movie proves that,”a woman’s place is in the kitchen, if that’s what she wants.”

In spite of the fierce male competition Hortense, (Catherine Frot) a very talented

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cook who loves preparing authentic French Cuisine reigns supreme.

I am just going to say it.  Haute Cuisine is a real foodie movie and I am happy to induct it into my personal Foodie Movie Hall of Fame.

There are at least four recipes I will look for right away:

1) Salmon in Savoy Cabbage, 2) Filet en croute 3) Cuddle Fish and Seafood with a Fume Blanc  4) Fruit of the Forrest Pie with Grannies Cream,  she actually give us the directions for this one.

The Food Stylist for this really tasty movie is Gérard Besson.

Have you seen this movie?  What are your favorite recipes?  feel free to share.

 

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a Banquet of: Fun, Imagination and Food!

Wes Anderson’s Film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” with it’s weighty all star cast, is just plain fun.  

gbhThe movie is full of belly laughs that you never see coming.  Exemplifying the elegant days of a bygone era of European glamour seems to be the main plot here.  You will simply love this adventure as Gustav H ( ) and his Lobby Boy, Zero () set out to survive with an air of panache.  With that said, what about the food?

There was food.  Much like the movie itself, the food was almost cartoon-ish in it’s grandiosity.  Two things I have to admit here: 1) it was hard to watch for the food because the movie was so captivating and  2) The  description of the food being ordered was in most cases more fun to imagine than to actually see on screen.

dinner gbhThe menu as I captured it  and confirmed via Fox Searchlight was: Gruel , Salad, Rabbit, Duck roasted w/ olives. Lamb and potatoes and  Mendel’s Courtesan au Chocolat (pate a choux, chocolate custard, buttercream, candied pecans).The exception was the Courtesan au Chocolate which I can not wait to make. See instruction video below

Here is a real treat I found on YouTube – Step by step instructions for creating Grand Budapest Style Courtesan au Chocolate – the adorable pastries in the movie

Movie Foodies, based on the menu, I think we can do better visual representations.  I can’t help but wonder if there were amazing shots of the food that ultimately ended up on the cutting room floor. Oh well,  this movie really had the potential to satisfy my movie food cravings but in the end, I was left with more imaginings than satisfaction.  Good thing for me imaginings can be the playground for great fun!

This is your favorite “Movie Foodie” saying, ” The Grand Budapest Hotel is bloody good fun!”

 

 

The Single Moms Club Exemplifies the Benefits of Teamwork

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The Single Moms Club is a new movie by Tyler Perry. In this heart warming story, 5 single moms from different walks of life are brought together by the Principal of their children’s school to organize and host a fundraiser. She (the Principal) unwittingly tells the ladies to work together as a group.  We all know that groups don’t get anything done. Lol  The truth is a Team has a common goal and each member is committed to the end result.  Groups on the other hand are just people who are in the same place. Being a single mother I understanding the value of other single mothers. When my children were young, I was a member of my own Single Moms Club.  We were such a progressive team, that even single women with no children wanted to be in our club. Guess who did most of the cooking?  Lol

I like this movie even though there really wasn’t much food.  One thing I found really, really funny is that the ladies always had a cheese tray or fruit and cheese to go with their wine.  during their team building pow wows. It reminded me of the old quip, ” You want some cheese to go with your whine?” Used when someone is doing a lot of whining (men or women). Lol

The Cheese Tray actually is a very appropriate offering when a new team assembles.  It is symbolic, I think of all of the different flavors, textures and aromas coming together with a common foundation (I am talking about the tray or plate).

One of my favorite movie  Fruit and Cheese pairings comes from the movie Babette’s Feast (food stylist the amazing Paulette Tavormina).

Here are some good ideas to recreate these trays

Cheese: The Drunken Goat, French Morbier, Pleasant Ridge, St. Andre, Comte Gruyere, Pont L’Eveque .

Fruit: Persimmon, Mandarins, Apples, Raspberry, Pomegranate, Papaya, Green and Black Grapes, Pineapple.

What ever you decide, make sure to: mix up the flavors, be bold and build high.

 

For Women’s History Month FK Salutes “Reel” Movie Foodies

Food Stylists Make Foodie Movies Worth Watching

susan spungen_bookEvery now and then, there is a scene in a movie that leaves your mouth watering. I’m not talking about the ones with some sexy actor or actress. I am talking about the ones with the ,”OMG, that looks so good” food scenes, Like the “Eat” sequence in Eat, Pray, Love by one of the industries major Food Stylist’s Susan Spungen who is also the foodie genius behind the decadent delights in, It’s

 

Complicated and the mega foodie hit, Julie and Julia. Find out more about Susan on her blog

Paulette Tavormina

There is the artistically rustic yet opulent dinning scene in Babette’s Feast by the incredible Paulette Tavormina. Paulette who is very talented as a food stylist is also a very well known and highly celebrated photographer.  Learn more about Paulette Tavormino on her blog.

 

Lee Anne Wong

 

How about the beautiful deserts in the movie, No Reservations? All were the lovely creations of Chef Consultant and credited Food Stylist Lee Anne Wong a former TopChef contestant.

 

These are just a few of the women the women who are behind the scenes working hard to entertain you as well as leave you hungry for more. The next time you see great food in a movie, stick around for the credits and see who got the Food Stylist credits.  Be sure to share, here at Fellini’s Kitchen.

 

 

 

About Last Night -This movie could save your relationship!

About Last Night is a  RomCom (romantic comedy) which pokes good fun at contemporary relationships. It is laugh out loud funny.

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You know the story: Guy meets girl, guy hooks friend up with girl’s friend, all heck breaks loose.  And of course there is all of the bad advice. Seriously the movie is funny. It is a hilariously raw and modern look at what people really go through when, trying to or trying not to, make a real connection with another human being.

As the Movie Foodie, you know that I was most interested in seeing how food showed up in this movie. Huh!  The food is the fall guy.  If it is not being tossed out the window it is being ripped on. In one scene Debbie, tosses her turkey from a window and  in another scene Joan’s Escargot is dubbed inedible. In spite of the jokes, the food looks good.

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I will use this movie and it’s challenging recipes in my next book, Kissing in the Kitchen: A Romantic Comedy Cookbook and Guide to Relationship Building and Enhancement.

FOOD FIT FOR THE OSCARS

1779729_10152192524147978_2091965200_nAs we quickly approach the 86th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, one pressing question looms large in the minds of movie foodies every where,  ’What will Wolfgang Puck be serving at the Governor’s Ball?

This year serves as the 20th anniversary of Wolfgang’s delicious relationship with the Oscars and as such his decadent spread will be a tribute to his greatest foodie hits. Without further anticipation, here are the decidedly split menu options for food at the Oscars.

 

Wolfgang at the big reveal.

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Vegan Menu: Because Ellen DeGeneres (the host) is Vegan
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  • Chopped Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian)
  • Butternut Squash, Farro, Wild Rice.
  • Cauliflower Chips
  • Carrot and Orange Gazpacho
  • Tomato Salad

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Comfort Foods Menu: Because everyone else is gonna be hungry. Lol


  • Pasta Appetizers
  • Tuna Tartare in Sesame Cones
  • Mini Burgers
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars
  • Lobster and Shrimp Dumplings
  • Chicken Pot Pie

And For Desert

  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Pops
  • Vegan desserts:Chocolate Cupcake, Almond Cream (which is gluten-free, too) and Carrot Cake, Raisins, Cinnamon Gel
  • Licorice and Chocolate Parfait, Caramelized Tobacco Leaves
  • Caramel Garden, Coffee Soil, Chocolate Malted Tree, Fleur de Sel
  • Citrus Panna Cotta, Funky Chunky Chocolate Pop Corn

On The Tables:
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  • Platters with: Homemade Pretzels with Pimento Cheese, 5 Year Aged Gouda; Cauliflowers with Smoked Paprika (Vegan); Parmesan Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates; Smoked Almonds; Breadsticks and Seeded Lavosh!

This year’s Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2 at  5:30 ET  on ABC. Check your local listing for times.

 

 

Share your Oscar plans with Fellini’s Kitchen.

Use Foodie Movies for Relationship Building Activities

Just in time for Valentine’s Day
A recent study by the University of Rodchester reported that watching Romantic Comedies can actually help couples by serving  as relationship building activities. It turns out that RomComs help to create stronger and longer commtitted relationships.  See the whole study here.  You can also participate!

Great news movie foodies!  Quite a few of our favorite Foodie Movies just happen to be RomComs and have made the official list. See list here.  I am so proud of this.

 


Fellini’s Kitchen to the rescue
For really great ways to use Movie Foodie Recipes as relationship building activities and to increase your romantic connection, pick up a copy of Fellini’s Kitchen presents Reel to Real Recipes on amazon.com. You will find lots of movie food recipes and serving suggestions.  Also available for Kindle.

The Best Foodie-Movies

I’ve been talking for a year now about Foodie Films and food in films on this blog but I have never posted a  list of the Best Foodie Films according to me.

So here are my top 25 pics:

  1. Babette’s Feast
  2. No Reservations
  3. Under the Tuscan Sun
  4. Toast
  5. Simply Irresistable
  6. Choclat
  7. Like Water For Chocolate
  8. Tortilla Soup
  9. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
  10. Eat, Pray, Love
  11. Last Holiday
  12. Soul Food
  13. Rattatouille
  14. Julie and Julia
  15. It’s Complicated
  16. Something’s Gotta Give
  17. Ramen Girl
  18. Tampopo
  19. Big Night
  20. How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days
  21. The Help
  22. My Best Freind’s Wedding
  23. Django Unchained
  24. Sleepless in  Seatle
  25. Sex and the City I and II

Here is list from Amazon.com’s FoodieFilm List to help you create your own Foodie film library. Some of the films on my list are on moretoreum so if you can find them, Grab em,  they are acturally collectors items.

MacGuffins: Is this a function of food in the movies?

Can you say MacGuffins
On my quest to define the role food plays in movies, I came across this movie specific phrase. The phrase coined in the Hitchcock era by Hitchcock himself describes a plot device (usually an object) that moves the storyline forward with little or no explanation of why.  We see this at work in the Top Ten Movie MacGuffins

What about food though?  How about the Caramel Eclairs in Simply Irresistable or the Chocolate on Chocolat.  Is the use of the word MacGuffins to describe the use of food in movies a stretch?

 Join the conversation: Can you think of an example when food is the MacGuffins in a Foodie Film? Post you comments below.

American Hustle Serves Up Hustler Style Chicken Piccata

American Hustle delivers a signature dish; Jersey Style Chicken Piccata as well as a delicious web of hip, seventies drama and intrigue.

Chicken Piccata is Italian lemon chicken with capers and all.

The dish introduced in the film was shared by like cultured strangers looking for common ground upon which to build a new, needed friendship.

The Piccata, serves as a common thread binding two sets of strangers to one another through culture and through food.

For the record, Amy , Jennifer, Christian and Bradley (who is quickly rising to the top of my short list of favorite actors) each gave standout, gritty performances that will not be soon forgotten.

Do you have a recipe for Chicken Piccata? If you do post it here. We may add it to the next addition of Reel to Real Recipes giving you full credit for your “Movie-foodie” contribution.

With that said, are you getting your American hustle on? Tell us all about it.

Check out this American Hustler Trailer.