It has been awhile since I have written a blogging series and it has been awhile since I have really felt like cooking.
I have made some delicious meals for company and
baked up a storm for Daniel and Jenny's wedding, but it is the every day stuff that caused my husband to lament ... "why don't you make menus anymore?"
Thus, this series. And today is part one.
One thing that I do that inspires me to cook is ... watch great foodie movies.
I have a few favorites.
This Nora Ephron movie is taken from the autobiography of Julie Powell. Julie decides to cook through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Yes, every single recipe and she blogs about it.
Not only does Julie learn how to cook but she discovers a lot about herself, too.
The release of this movie with a brilliant performance by Meryl Streep as Julia Child, sparked a resurgence of wonderful cooking in kitchens across America.
2. No Reservations
This sweet story revolves around the kitchen. It makes you want to buy your own really great knives, shop the farmers market for fresh food and start chopping. Amidst the great pasta are some good relationships, too.
3. Mostly Martha
No Reservations is a remake of this beautiful movie. It takes a lovely Italian sous-chef to solve the problems between a headstrong chef and her stubborn niece. If you have never watched a film with subtitles, now is the time.
Okay, this is a kids animated film and it is adorable.
Cookbooks, a French restaurant, the Eiffel Tower, suspense, drama and a rat with a refined palate and a sensitive nose ... what else could you ask for? This movie will inspire you in your kitchen, even if you do not live in Paris.
So there you have it. Before you pull out your cookbooks ... watch a great foodie movie.
Do you have a favorite?
image credit: Julie & Julia, No Reservations, Mostly Martha, Ratatouille