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It Isn’t Fattening If It’s On the Screen — OLWL’s best food scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s delightful Our Lady of Weight Loss is having a contest — tell her your favorite food scene in a movie and you could win a copy of her book!
Take a look and see if you can write a winning entry. I’m disqualified, but I’ll share some of my favorite food movies with you:
1. “Big Night” Two brothers prepare the dinner of their lives to try to save their failing restaurant.
2. “Babette’s Feast” Elderly sisters who live a life of simplicity and deprivation discover that their housekeeper was once a master chef when she makes a sumptuous banquet for them and their friends.
3. “Simply Irresistible” Magic seems to be one of the ingredients in the kitchen of a pretty young chef.
4. “Like Water for Chocolate” A young woman not permitted to be with the man she loves finds her emotions expressed through the food she prepares.
tom%20jones.jpg5. “Tom Jones” A sexy seduction over a messy meal is one of the highlights of this Best Picture Oscar winner.



  • Our Lady of Weight Loss

    Thanks Movie Mom! I was just going to tell you about the contest, but I see you are already up on it!
    My favorite movie scene is the one in Moonstruck, at the end, when Olympia Dukakis is making eggs in the hole.

  • jestrfyl

    I love the food scenes in Diner. I still love french fries with gravy – a tempting treat introduced to me in the movie.

  • Jill

    I think the movie food scene I love is the one from No Reservations, when a customer sends back his steak several times saying it’s not rare enough. The perfectionist (and a little overstressed) Catherine Zeta-Jones stabs a raw steak on a meat fork, parades it through the restaurant to the customer, slams it on the table and says “Is this rare enough for you?” I love that. The look on his face is priceless.

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