I watch the Food Network and Cooking Channel like it's my job. Seriously, can I have that job?!
So it's no surprise I flock to movies about cooking or food.
With the release of Eat, Pray, Love just 10 days away, I got thinking about all the great movies with food in them.
I love watching them, but afterward I feel kinda sad ... like why didn't or why don't I do that!
If you're like me and can't wait for the new Julia Roberts flick, try my recipe for passing the time: Watch one of these great foodie movies every night up until the film hits theaters August 13. That will give you one free night in between to go into the kitchen and ... cook!
1. Julie & Julia Two lost gals, Julie Powell and Julia Child, live parallel lives as they struggle to learn to cook and find their place in life. I love Julia Child's tenacity and when she beats all the men at Le Cordon Bleu in onion chopping.
2. Baby Boom One of my favorite movies from childhood. Power exec Diane Keaton inherits a baby and must give up her career ... or so she thinks. After moving to the suburbs she starts making baby food, which turns into a multimillion-dollar company. Who says you can't have it all?
3. No Reservations Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a rigid chef who (like above) gets custody of her niece once her sister tragically dies. Over time, Jones soften her cooking and personality and finds love. Aw!
4. Chocolat A single mother (Julia Ormond) and her daughter set up a taboo-inspiring chocolate shop in a rural French village during Lent. Thought it couldn't get any better ... cue Johnny Depp.
5. Waitress A lonely Keri Russell bakes visionary pies around her emotions like "I Hate My Husband Pie." After finding herself pregnant by her husband she hates, she starts an affair with her OB/GNYN. I'm not sure what's more scrumptious -- the romance or her pies.
6. Fried Green Tomatoes This southern classic combines two thick-as-thieves ladies that not only cover up a murder but open a restaurant and turn that murder victim into BBQ. Okay, so that's gross, but the fried green tomatoes are to die for.
7. Ratatouille A cartoon rat (he's cute, really) with an unbelievable knowledge of cooking helps an aspiring chef in this adventurous animated movie.
8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory This make believe candy dreamland gets my mouth watering every time and my mind churning with inventive recipes.
9. Under the Tuscan Sun A recently divorced Diane Lane impulsively buys a house in Tuscany. As she explores life and love she also learns to cook for the employees-turned-friends that are fixing up her home. Cheers to Italian home cooking!
What's your favorite foodie movie?
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