Sunday, July 22, 2007

Food in Film - A Food Blogging Event



Art reflects life, and probably no more so than in the immediate, visual splendors and pleasures of the silver screen. Beyond the dreary, predictable marketing schtick of product placement (how many cans of Coke do you really need foisted upon you?), characters in film actually do eat and drink in their stories, sometimes as a plot point, symbolic gesture, philosophical statement, hedonism or just plain practicality. They (and we) are not gods and goddesses; we all need fuel, by Jove!

So think about the films that you’ve enjoyed, perhaps even watched countless times. The movies don’t have to be about food or drink per se such as Babette’s Feast or Like Water for Chocolate (although they can be), but also think about flicks that lick at those food moments revealed with startling clarity, vague adumbration, or the light or dark reflections of the mood at hand.

Entries can be dead lifts of dishes (mashed potatoes/Close Encounters of the Third Kind; rock cakes/Brief Encounter; even fast-food knock-offs from Super Size Me); or interpretations of food scenes that left an indelible mark (canned pineapple/Chunking Express; magic bread/Lord of the Rings; or chicken salad/Five Easy Pieces). Point is to make sure there is a connection between the recipe you are offering and the food or drink scene. If you need more of a feel for it, check out one of my previous posts.

Posts from blogs written in native languages featuring films not commonly known to the English-speaking community are also welcome, but with the caveat that you must include in your email to me an English title translation and description of the movie and its food or drink scene*. In this way, I can present your entry in the best possible light, as well as have it at least marginally understood for the maximum number of readers’ enjoyment in the round-up.

Non-bloggers are also welcome to submit entries. Please send me your copy, recipe and optional photo, and I will make sure you are included in the round-up.

GUIDELINES

PLEASE post your entry by August 22, 2007, and include a link back to this announcement in your post. Once you’ve posted, please send me an email (also by August 22) to foodinfilm AT yahoo DOT com with the following details:

1. Your Name
2. Location
3. Name of Your Blog and its URL
4. Permalink to Your Blog Post
5. 200 X 200 Photo: Optional (you can make dimensional adjustments if an exact square distorts your image). If you prefer, you can send a copyright-free or credited still from the film you are featuring.
6. * English title translation and description of film, food or drink scene and recipe for posts written in non-English languages, if applicable.

Please email me at above address if you have any questions. Image use is optional.

I look forward to your entries and THANK YOU in advance for participating. The round-up will be posted during the week of August 27 with entries billed in the order that they are received. I’ll make the popcorn!

(photo: Microsoft Clip Art)

27 comments:

Lucy said...

Count me in Susan. Marvelous - can't wait!

In the middle of Harry Potter #7, so will be onto it as soon as I find out what happens...

Shaun said...

Susan, lovie - Arg- 2 movie themed events next month. The Weekend Cookbook Challenge's theme is "Dinner and a movie", which can be very loosely translated, I'm sure. But don't fear - I will absolutely participate in yours as it is your first event, and you know that I am your biggest champion in the blogosphere. I will think long and hard about what to submit and may even run ideas by you.

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Susan said...

Hi, Lucy. I have a feeling you will be reading Potter post-haste.
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Thanks, Shaun. It's entirely up to you as your time allows. I know you do the WCCs. It would be virtually impossible not to have some overlap of these events once in a while; even so, my event requests any one food or drink from any movie, and it needn't be tied to a cookbook.

sra said...

Susan, nice idea. Does the mashed potato have to be shaped like a spaceship?

Susan said...

Hi, Sra. It can be any shape you like, including just a big mound of mash, butter or gravy optional. ; )

Sandeepa said...

This is a real fun event. But I hardly get to watch movies these days....

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I love, love, love cinema and will be delightful to take part in this event!

ayseyaman said...

Hi Susan
This is a wonderful food event!
I love the idea! :)
I have a few post in my Turkish cooking blog about food in film. I would like to translate for you and send you as soon as possible. My favorite is " Fried Green Tomatoes(1991)" :))
I am not sure I hope you can accept it.
Can't wait for the popcorn! :)

Nora B. said...

Susan, that's a terrific idea and I'm glad that the deadline is a while from now. I have to start thinking of something fun to make....

Susan said...

Hi, Sandeepa. It can be a recipe inspired by any movie you've seen. Hope you can join in, but understand if it's not possible.
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Patricia - I am too curious about what your entry will be. (FYI - "Bye Bye, Brazil" is one of my very favorites. The snow scene makes me wistful just thinking about it.)
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Ayse - Yes, I will be delighted for you to send it. I don't know what that black cherry dessert is exactly, but it is lovely. I'm sure others would enjoy learning about it, too. (I tried making fried green tomatoes once; what a mess!)

Jyothsna said...

Good idea... I'll have to watch movies more intently now :)

Mishmash ! said...

Cool-cool idea..fun too :) I have some dishes which I wanted to try just coz it was there on a sitcom or a movie...i wish I could find recipes for those dishes...in which case, u can expect a post from me too :) All the best !

Shn

bee said...

i know not much about film, but this is such a fun idea. all the best hosting this, susan.

Susan said...

Hi, Nora. I purposefully stretched the deadline to give everyone a chance - so many events, so little time.
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Jyothsna - Most of us really don't think much about the eating that goes on in movies (aside fr/ all the snacking in the aisles)!
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Well, what I just said to Jyothsna certainly doesn't apply to you, Shn! You can "virtually" find any recipe, but might take some research.
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Thanks, Bee. You might stumble across a scene b/t now and late August. Would love to have you on board, but hope you enjoy the round-up in any case.

Sylvia said...

Wonderful idea ,I´m mad about movies and I want to participate in this event . I think in one movie and do my job.

Simona said...

I thought about it for a few days and I finally have an idea. I'll have to watch the movie again, which will be fun. This will be fun: thanks Susan.

Susan said...

Welcome, Sylvia! I'm so glad you're going to join in the fun. I've heard from a nice cross section of bloggers who are interested; there should be lots of different movies for the round-up. Thanks for visiting, and I look forward to your post!
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Hi, Simona. I love to watch my favorite flicks repeatedly over a period of time; you always get something new out of them. Glad you are joining in!

Nanditha Prabhu said...

hey ! you food bloggers are so enthusiastic in hosting such thought provoking events!
you are tempting me to start a food blog!

Cynthia said...

This sounds exciting Susan. Time permitting, I'll see (no pun intended) :) what I can come up with.

Susan said...

Hi, Nanditha. I'm sure you have your own set of tempting recipes. Would be grand if you could fit one in your lovely blog once in a while. I have found a perfect recipe for the Page 123 meme; I will be posting it this month.
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Cynthia - I'm receiving delightful posts from around the globe. Yours would be a great addition to them. Hope you can join in. In any case, keep those puns (!) coming, intended or not. They are such fun!

Y said...

Great idea! I must admit, I immediately thought about canned pineapple.. hehe :)

Susan said...

Hi, Y! Welcome! It's nice to see "Chungking Express" on at least some of the Top 100 film lists. It's such a clever story (or stories!)

Doug said...

What a great idea, Susan. I love the graphic too.

Susan said...

Thanks, Doug. This is shaping up to be a fun event. As much as I'm a film buff, I'm expanding my horizons with entries featuring films I've never seen -- and the food is always a great surprise.

The Cooking Ninja said...

Sadly I'll have to miss this challenge :( I'll be away on trips so won't be able to do it. Perhaps when you have the next challenge.

Susan said...

Hi, Cooking Ninja. I will likely run another event, yet to be determined, at some point soon. Sorry you'll missed it, but I won't be doing the round up until the weekend, so latecomers would be welcome.