Just like good food, good movies are enjoyed by everyone regardless if you’re on a solo trip, some culinary awakening, or on an exciting food trip with your closest friends and loved ones. From unique storylines to mouthwatering food shots, these films will definitely leave you wanting to munch on more food or frustrated with thoughts like ‘Why can’t I cook like that?’ or ‘Where can I get some of that?’
Before you go through this list and figure out which film will best leave you starving afterwards, better grab a snack to make sure you don’t start with an empty stomach!
1. Julie and Julia (2009)
Starring Oscar favorites Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Julie and Julia is a story about two women who both share a love for cooking and have seemingly similar personal backgrounds.
Julia Child (played by Streep) is a widely-known American chef and TV personality with French cuisine as her main culinary expertise. Julie Powell (played by Adams) is an aspiring cook who wishes to replicate all 524 recipes of Child’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cuisine” all while documenting her journey through her blog.
Both their stories are intertwined to highlight their similar struggles in trying to make it in the culinary world, particularly Julie’s attempt at cooking to make up for her dissatisfaction in her job at a call center in New York City and Julia’s earlier years at Le Cordon Bleu.
It’s an exciting look into the two lives all while showing the hardships of trying to make it out there on your own. Plus, Meryl Streep’s performance as Julia Child makes it one of the most endearing characters on cinema!
2. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary about Jiro Ono, an 85-year old sushi chef and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, whose goal is to master the art of sushi-making in his 10-seat, three-Michelin star restaurant located at a Tokyo subway station.
The narrative also follows his two sons Takashi and Yoshikazu as the former builds his own sushi restaurant and the latter feeling obliged to one day become the new head of Sukiyabashi Jiro.
The film’s stunning cinematography beautifully displays every piece of sushi that’s created with both grace and precision. This documentary leaves no doubt in the audience’s mind why customers both local and foreign flock to his restaurant for a level of art form that only he has attained so far.
From showing us the hard work and skill that goes into choosing the fish to making sushi rice, this documentary will leave you dashing to your nearest sushi restaurant!
3. Chocolat (2000)
We all know chocolate is one of the best things on Earth probably made directly from the gods above, but is it so good that it can change your life and the people around you?
Chocolat follows the story of Vianne Rocher, a chocolatier who travels across Europe with her daughter and stays at a quiet French town, eventually setting up her own chocolate shop. Different from the people of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes; Vianne wears more color and doesn’t believe in God. Despite these stark contrasts, she changes the lives of those around her, giving life to the dreary town through her delicious chocolate while forming a romantic relationship with Traveller Roux (played by a young, dashing Johnny Depp!).
Amidst her growing popularity, the village mayor is pessimistic of her presence especially as Lenten season is approaching and traditions must be kept alive. Chocolatier is not just for chocolate lovers, it’s also for anyone who appreciates eccentricity in life.
4. Forks Over Knives (2011)
Obesity and heart disease are rampant in the United States, which is why Caldwell Esselstyn, a physician, and T. Colin Campbell, a professor of nutritional and biochemistry, believe that it’s time for an intervention.
Forks Over Knives advocates for a whole food, plant-based diet that can serve as an alternative for medicine to battle these serious health problems. The narrative documents the transition of unhealthy Americans into eating right and drastically increasing their life expectancy. Eating healthy might be challenging now, but this documentary will remind you exactly why you need to make the change!
5. Chef (2014)
In any industry, critics can be tough and making a name for yourself, even tougher.
Written, directed, produced, and starred by Jon Favreau, Chef is not just about delicious Cuban cuisine but also about second chances and the horrors of lack of social media literacy. Carl Casper (played by Favreau) tweets about Ramsay Michel (played by Oliver Platt) and his negative review on his dishes without knowing that his profile is public, leading up to a huge online drama.
At first it seems like a curse, but eventually it turns into a blessing as his popularity on social media attracts customers across states. Chef talks about getting yourself out there and giving yourself another shot at success while doing what you love.
6. Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Set in Taipei, Eat Drink Man Woman is about a Taiwanese chef and father with three very different daughters — all looking for romance. Although mealtime is delicious, all three sisters dread having to face their father to let him know about their everyday lives. Despite their on-and-off relationships with their lovers, at least they all have one constant man in their life.