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Food in the media

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:38 am UTC
by Zohar
I was going to start a thread about food in movies and then figured I might as well do it for general media. Read a book with interesting food descriptions? Seen a good food-themed movie?

There's an anime called Yakitate!! Japan. It's 70 episodes long or so and it's solely about bread making! It's pretty hilarious. It's a bit targeted towards kids but I enjoyed it, plus it was very informative. They had a bread scientist guy on staff to help with the different breads they made during the show.

Mostly Martha is an excellent German film about an uptight chef. I love the movie, I recommend it to everyone if they haven't seen it. Also, while I haven't seen it in a long time, I have good memories of Chocolat.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:36 am UTC
by AntonGarou
Books: Very definitely Steven Brust's "Dzur"- the book is one huge flashback with dinner in a *really* good restaurant as the background. There is a description of a course in the foreward to each chapter, and the food sounds good enough that I was salivating just from thinking about it. In general there are multiple mentions of cooking in his Taltos series.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:37 am UTC
by PatrickRsGhost
Books: Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. Made into a great movie starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. If you place the DVD into your DVD-ROM, you can download a few Southern recipes.

There's the cartoon series Chowder on Cartoon Network, although the food is all fictional.

There were several episodes of Seinfeld that centered around food, including one with a guy that ran a shop that sold only muffin tops, another about how refreshing Junior Mints were, and another dealing with Black-and-White cookies.

There's the movie Waiting, starring Ryan Reynolds.

Two books that take a satirical look at cooking in the 20th Century, and how certain companies pushed forth propaganda to get people to buy their product by showing all the ways it can be used in cooking are The Gallery of Regrettable Food and Gastroanomalies, both by James Lileks.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:48 am UTC
by telcontar42
When I think of food themed movies I think of Tampopo. It's a great, but quite strange movie about making Japanese noodles, among other things. It focuses mostly on different types of aesthetic appreciation of food. It also has a western theme to it.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:23 am UTC
by Bakemaster

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:00 am UTC
by gerb
Redwall Abbey feasts.

Is it bad that that's what I thought of first?

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:03 am UTC
by podbaydoor
I was getting hungry for some deeper 'n ever pie moiself...*cough* I mean, myself.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:15 am UTC
by Amarantha
@telcontar42 - I totally came in here to pimp Tampopo :)

Others that come to mind are Like Water for Chocolate and Eat Drink Man Woman.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:17 pm UTC
by crowey

Oh my god. That is superb. SUPERB.

The eggs from V for vendetta are very tasty.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
by Alder
Anything by Rex Stout tends to have interesting food in it, but my favourite of his books is probably 'Too Many Cooks' - it includes a huge section at the end with the recipes for all dishes mentioned in the book. Yum...even the stuff I don't fancy myself... :D

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:34 pm UTC
by cerbie
I can't believe nobody mentioned this yet, but I don't like SPAM! It's just one sketch, but you can't do without SPAM...

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:59 am UTC
by Amarantha
Don't make a fuss, dear. I'll have your spam. I love it!

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:35 pm UTC
by jeffk
Alder26 wrote:Anything by Rex Stout tends to have interesting food in it, but my favourite of his books is probably 'Too Many Cooks' - it includes a huge section at the end with the recipes for all dishes mentioned in the book. Yum...even the stuff I don't fancy myself... :D

Satisfactory.

Except I haven't read that one yet, so now I'll have to track it down.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 1:38 pm UTC
by PatrickRsGhost

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
by Alder
jeffk wrote:
Alder26 wrote:Anything by Rex Stout tends to have interesting food in it, but my favourite of his books is probably 'Too Many Cooks' - it includes a huge section at the end with the recipes for all dishes mentioned in the book. Yum...even the stuff I don't fancy myself... :D

Satisfactory.

Except I haven't read that one yet, so now I'll have to track it down.

Don't know where you are, but Rex Stout is out of print where I am, all mine are second hand. Too Many Cooks is an ex-library copy...which would've cost me a lot to buy online...

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:39 am UTC
by Clumpy
telcontar42 wrote:When I think of food themed movies I think of Tampopo. It's a great, but quite strange movie about making Japanese noodles, among other things. It focuses mostly on different types of aesthetic appreciation of food. It also has a western theme to it.


Yes! The best thing about being on this forum is I don't have to be the first to mention something like Tampopo.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:44 am UTC
by gerb
PatrickRsGhost wrote:There's also The Gallery of Regrettable Foods.

Click it, if you dare.


I did. Strange stuff, there. Also nasty lookin' stuff.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
by jeffk
Alder26 wrote:Don't know where you are, but Rex Stout is out of print where I am, all mine are second hand. Too Many Cooks is an ex-library copy...which would've cost me a lot to buy online...

Last time I looked, bookstores here in the States (Barnes & Noble, etc.) generally have Rex Stout on the shelf, although he doesn't get as much shelf space as, say, Agatha Christie. Also, Bantam's reprinting Wolfe stories as two-in-one books; according to Amazon, The Rubber Band/The Red Box came out last month. I haven't checked lately, though--no time to read :(

I usually hit the library or Half Price Books first when I need a Nero Wolfe fix, though.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:26 am UTC
by Zohar
I just saw Tampopo yesterday... what an amazing movie! We had so much fun! We had a hearty dinner before that and of course we were still hungry during. :) Luckily we had some excellent cheese to get us through the evening. Talk about food porn...

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:31 am UTC
by Kizyr
Ah yes! TwoFOUR other people appreciate Tampopo! (EDIT: That's what I get for scrolling too fast.)

It's actually one of my favorite Japanese movies. Not just for the food aspect, but for how the slice-of-life narratives are tied together with intermittent segues like connective tissue. Like unrolling a scroll to see an image changing as it scrolls from right to left, or renga poetry where each set of 2-3 lines connects with the previous 2-3 lines, but not any of the ones before it. (Both of these were the effect that director Juzo Itami was going for.)

The whole running theme of food, ramen, love of ramen, and love with food, was a nice side bonus to all of that. KF

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:29 am UTC
by Nath
Kizyr wrote:Ah yes! Two other people appreciate Tampopo!

It's actually one of my favorite Japanese movies. Not just for the food aspect, but for how the slice-of-life narratives are tied together with intermittent segues like connective tissue. Like unrolling a scroll to see an image changing as it scrolls from right to left, or renga poetry where each set of 2-3 lines connects with the previous 2-3 lines, but not any of the ones before it. (Both of these were the effect that director Juzo Itami was going for.)

The whole running theme of food, ramen, love of ramen, and love with food, was a nice side bonus to all of that. KF

I count four: telcontar42, Amarantha, Clumpy, Zohar.

From what I remember, I found the movie puzzling, more than anything else. Some very entertaining scenes; lots of non sequiturs. Almost Monty Pythonesque, but more educational and not quite as amusing.

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 4:57 pm UTC
by Kizyr
Nath wrote:I count four: telcontar42, Amarantha, Clumpy, Zohar.

Whoops... Updated.

Nath wrote:From what I remember, I found the movie puzzling, more than anything else. Some very entertaining scenes; lots of non sequiturs. Almost Monty Pythonesque, but more educational and not quite as amusing.

It's definitely a weird movie, no doubt about that. It's not something I'd expect everyone to enjoy or find interesting, with good reason. KF

Re: Food in the media

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 3:09 am UTC
by nightlina
The Magic Pudding! :D

Otherwise I've seen Yakitate! Japan as well and enjoyed it :) It really got me into wanting to make some bread :D There's a japanese bread place near us (called Breadtop) that sells really, really sweet buttery bread and now I always associate it with the anime.