Saturday, August 25, 2007

Food in Film - Rolling the Credits

In the 1972 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, director Luis Buñuel whips his characters around an endless loop of surreal episodes, each an exercise in disjointed, dining frustration. Ostensibly, there’s supposed to be a dinner party going on, but things are never what they appear to be in a Buñuel film, and no one appears to be eating in this one. Guests arrive on the wrong night; a restaurant owner waits for the coroner to collect his body; and the military opens fire on the hapless diners. I would not wish any of those scenarios on anyone, particularly the food bloggers who have generously shared their favorite food films and accompanying recipes for Food In Film. No one likes to wait too long for the red carpet to be rolled out nor the table set. Thank you all very much for contributing your enthusiastic talents to an event that covers most of the genres, from serious to silly; the only one missing was the spaghetti western. Should your entry have accidentally fallen to the cutting room floor, please let the “editor” know, and it will be spliced in right away. Now, lights… camera…action…let’s eat!


Once Upon a Time in America

A cupcake crosses the threshold from childlike innocence
into the world of adult drama for which there is no turning back.

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Big Night

Art and commerce collide at a failing restaurant yet
there is still a chance for creative cooking to steal the scene.


Woman on Top

Conflicted by love and control, a sensuous chef
escapes to a new life of reconciliation.

Ayşe of I Love Turkish Food (2 entries)
Orlando, Florida, USA


Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips)

Provisioned with assorted panini, a plumber sets out
for Venice on a mission to find his employer's wife.

Simona of Briciole
Berkeley, California, USA



An enduring classic, decorated as a musical -
what more can one ask for?

Marie of A Year From Oak Cottage
Kent, United Kingdom


For Henry Hill, tending to the sauce is as
much a priority as belonging to the mob.

New York, USA



A teacher takes comfort in a bowl of pasta when
her classroom turns into a fiendish scene from a movie.

Wendy of A Wee Bit of Cooking
Inverness, Scotland



The rodent du jour has an early premiere in
an enthusiastic Turkish cook's kitchen.

Süheyla of Dialogue Meals
Istanbul, Turkey


Indigènes (Days of Glory)

Bigotry is the salt that is rubbed in the war wounds
of Algerian soldiers fighting for France in WW2.

Chef Farid Zadi of Algerian Cuisine by Farid Zadi
Los Angeles, California, USA


American Pie

An abused apple pie takes the cake in
the Portnoy's Complaint for the 90s.

Michelle of Sugar & Spice
Akron, Ohio, USA


Bridget Jones's Diary

Her ruined soup, just another thing for the
beleaguered Bridget to cry in.

Lucy of Nourish Me
Melbourne, Australia


American Beauty

Lester Burnham's mid-life crisis is taken seriously
when he seriously smashes the asparagus against the wall.

Elly of Elly Says Opa!
Chicago, Illinois, USA



An underdog trains with a 1-2 punch of protein in
the opening saga of life in and out of the ring.

Nora of Life's Smörgåsbord
Sydney, Australia


SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Your science teacher was wrong; everyone knows
the Krabby Patty is the center of the universe.

Sarina of Trini Gourmet


The Apartment

Jack Lemmon wines and dines the girl of his dreams
even when she's dreaming about some other guy.

Shaun of Winter Skies, Kitchen Aglow
Auckland, New Zealand


Mildred Pierce

A pie-making dynamo hits it big but fails to
make a hit with her wretchedly spoiled daughter.

New York, USA

The End


  1. What a great collection of movies and recipes! And a wonderful roundup: thanks Susan!

  2. This was great fun Susan. I've enjoyed visiting all of the other participants pages and I really enjoyed coming up with an entry for this delightful activity! Thanks so much for organizing it!

  3. Fantastic idea and round up, Susan. Well done! :)

  4. That was a really fun event! So many great imaginative entries :)

  5. What an imaginative line-up. Some very creative bloggers out there!!!

  6. Terrific round-up, Susan. I'll be checking out the blogs from the other entries - I've not heard of most of them, so it's great to explore new blogs.

    Thanks again for hosting such a fun event.

  7. Susan, this is so much fun. Thanks again for hosting what was a hugely enjoyable exercise for (seemingly) everyone involved.

    Off to check out everyone's entries!

  8. Susan--what a great job you have done hosting this event! The entries are wonderful and your imaginative theme ensure some great reading.

  9. This was a lot of fun, thanks to everyone for their thoughtful and imaginative entries.

  10. You did a great job on this event, Susan. I had a blast. It's fun reading what my fellow bloggers did with this theme. Thank you for being a wonderful hostess :)

  11. Wonderful entries,and Susan, you are an exceptional and wonderful host

  12. This is a wonderful idea you came up with for hosting an event. So different. Enjoyed every bit of it!

  13. What a great round-up, Susan! Thanks for hosting such a great event. I had a great time participating and it was really fun to see what everyone else came up with.

  14. Susan, lovie - This really was a lot of fun. I'm glad others took the time out to contribute something and, in doing so, shared their cinematic proclivities. I love the clean, clear presentation of this round-up. You are an ideal hostess.

    What are you watching next?

  15. Simona – Thanks & you’re welcome. You really never know what people will come up with. That is definitely part of the fun.
    Marie – Happy to have hosted. I’ve entered so many other events that I was too curious about hosting. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks.
    Thanks, Wendy. I’m glad Nora suggested you participate.
    Hi, Kelly-Jane. It was fun. At some point, I will host another. Hope you can participate.
    Thanks, Valli. Thank goodness for imagination!
    Thanks, Nora. Events are a great way to learn of new blogs; it makes those discoveries that much easier. Glad you could join in.
    Lucy – It was fun for me, too. 15 entries was a nice quantity to work with for my first event. I’m already thinking of another one.
    Thanks, Christina. There is a lot of great reading out there. I’m happy to be in thick of it; learning never gets old with me.
    Farid – Everyone did a bang-up job. I was happy to host such a diverse group of entries.
    Thanks, Maryann. – “A blast” is the perfect description.
    Hi, Sylvia. Thank you! I truly enjoyed everyone’s entry.
    Thanks, Suganya. The greatest fun for me was learning about a film or two which I hadn’t known of before.
    Thanks, Elly. Glad you were a part of it. I loved the clip you offered on your blog.
    Thank you, Shaun. I thought it best to offer one-line blurbs and let the entries speak for themselves. We watched “The Seventh Seal” last night. Haven’t seen it since I was 15, yet time did not diminish its impact, beauty, bleakness or hope. Next up: “The Woman in the Window,” although I think “Scarlet Street” (same director and cast) is a better film.

  16. great idea for a blog event and I am sorry I didn't get myself organised to enter - love reading through the round-up - great thinking about films through the dishes they inspire - thanks Susan and all your creative crew :-)

  17. Hi Susan
    this is a great round-up.
    Thank you very much for your hosting.
    It is very nice to see all other movies and recipes.
    I am so glad to being here.:)

  18. Thanks, Johanna. Sorry you missed it, but I will host other events in the future. Hope you can be on board for some of them.
    Thank you, Ayşe. Your entries helped to make this event a success. I'm very glad you participated.

  19. Susan, I was checking your blog frequently for the round-up but missed it anyway. I've now subscribed to your feed. Very nice round-up!