Food and Film: A Great Pair

Food and Film: A Great Pair

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It’s no secret that movies and food go well together.  Whether it’s a mother lovingly serving piping hot soup to a sick child in a drama or a couple sharing a milkshake in a romantic comedy the food itself and the ritual involved in serving and eating it become integral to the success of the scene and subsequently the film.  Here are five of our favorite films that will forever be known for their associations with food.

Forrest Gump: Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

For the creators of Forrest Gump, life really was like a box of chocolates.  This classic American film of making good against the odds beat out such great films as Pulp Fiction and Quiz Show to get the Oscar in 1994.

Forrest’s love of all things chocolate and of course Bubba Gump shrimp inspired countless parodies, chocolate products and even one restaurant in Time Square, N.Y. If you like chocolate as much as Forrest does try these recipes:

Mario’s Chocolate Kisses

Michael’s Chocolate Truffles

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

There’s really nothing like coffee and a Danish first thing in the morning and nobody knew that better than Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  This film, based on a novella by Truman Capote, won best song for Moon River in the 1962 Academy Awards.  Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress, but lost to Sophia Loren.

In honor of her infectious excitement for breakfast on the go, try this tea and pastry combo today.

Coconut Pound Cake

Carla’s De-Stress Chai

The Godfather: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

While there are so many great references to food in The Godfather, one line stands out among all the others: “leave the fun, take the cannoli.”  Considering how good traditional Italian cannoli are this sentiment is completely justified.  Not only did this film faithfully realize Mario Puzi’s literary work but it also won a number of Oscars in 1972.

For The Chew co-host Daphne’s favorite cannoli recipe click here.

Annie Hall: Dial 911 It’s the Lobster Squad

Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer has many fears, one of which is lobsters.  When attempting to make a lovely dinner Annie and Alvy let the lobsters lose in their kitchen and Alvy cries, “why don’t you just call the police?  Dial 911 it’s the lobster squad.”  This great scene plus a number of others earned Allen a best picture Oscar in 1977.

While we don’t recommend letting live lobsters lose in your kitchen, a nice dish with lobster meat is always delicious.  Try this one.

When Harry Met Sally: I’ll Have What She’s Having

No compilation of food and movie pairings would be complete without When Harry Met Sally.  When having lunch at New York’s Katz’s Deli Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm while enjoying a pastrami sandwich.   Though this fantastic film didn’t win an Oscar Ryan’s costar Billy Crystal will host this year’s event.

If you’re looking for a delicious sandwich look no further:

Michael Symon’s Flank Steak Sandwich

Mario Batali’s Turkey Sandwich

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