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For much of my young adult life, reading was really about reading about food. I loved the way the authors described anything alimentary. Harry Potter was really about butterbeer and pumpkin pasties, while The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was really about Turkish delight. The fact is, writing about food is hard, but when it's done well, it's delicious.
The same goes for food in movies. Food is hard to photograph. In most cases, it's hardly important or relevant to the movie. Food largely happens off-screen, which is a damn shame, because I love to watch food. Characters keep their sandwiches below the frame or they just don't eat at all (I'm looking at you, action movies). I like to watch characters stir soup or chop onions or swirl a fork among a colony of spaghetti taking over an earthenware plate. I enjoy a movie that takes place entirely at dinner, or a film that centres on a kitchen somewhere in northern England. It's comfort food, but for your eyes, and when it's done well, it's (again) delicious.
Ahead, the best movies about food. They're downright scrumptious. Bon appétit!
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