Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Books and Movies about FOOD!


I'm gearing up to see the movie version of Julie & Julia by reading the book first. In case you missed the premise, Julie Powell decides to spend a year cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking while living in a tiny apartment in Queens.

Note: Do NOT tell me too much about the movie because I haven't seen it yet and I love surprises!

But reading this book reminded me of how much I love food books and movies. And it brought to mind my all-time favorite (...so far, remember I haven't seen Julie & Julia yet.)

And the winner is:

THE BIG NIGHT

After I saw the movie, I rushed right out to get the novel. If you can find the movie on Netflix, you won't be sorry. It's fabulous. So is the book.

In the movie, Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Stanley Tucci (also in Julie & Julia) play Italian immigrant brothers who own a failing restaurant. In a last ditch effort, they plan a special feast to save their business.

The dishes they create for the big night will have you salivating all over yourself and wishing you knew how to make them. The centerpiece is timpano, something I'd never heard of before. I wanted to make it, so I went out and bought the book, which included recipes. Much to my dismay, the timpano recipe was NOT included. Not wanting to disappoint you in the same way, I did a search and came up with a version that comes with a warning -not an easy dish to make. That sounds like a challenge to me, doesn't it? Here's the link: http://www.newitalianrecipes.com/timpano.html

Then there's Babett's Feast and Under the Tuscan Sun.
I love, love, love food movies.
Don't you?