Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Five Things That Inspire Me to Cook ... When I Do Not Feel Like Cooking (part one)

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.

1. Julie & Julia

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.

4. Ratatouille 

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 & JuliaNo Reservations, Mostly MarthaRatatouille


  1. I loved Julie and Julia, it shows you don't need a big commercial kitchen to make great food. I haven't seen the others, the second one looks really good. I think the movie with Meryl Streep where she owns a bakery is a great one, her kitchen! :)

    I try to go through my recipe clippings before I go grocery shopping and pick a few new dinner to make. If I have the ingredients, I'm excited to cook!


  2. oh i love those movies...i have seen them all but mostly martha. will have to add that to the list.
    i know..i was thinking no one has time to cook anymore. all this technology.
    seriously thinking of moving to another country. looking for slowness:)
    love you...i really do think of you and i thought i needed to visit everyone. even though i am staying up and need to go to bed. i have been so busy i havne't gotten to get around and i MISS everyone:)

  3. What a wonderful idea! Great inspiration! I loved Julie and Julia. I think I'd better find the other movies and keep them nearby!

  4. I loved Julie and Julia, too. I really don't enjoy cooking. Did I really say that out loud? What I like is blessing my family and friends with food and when I can do that with cozy meals then I'm happy. We eat so much fresh foods during the summer that I don't cook as much. Stuffed tomatoes, salads and new potatoes with fresh green beans....

  5. These are some of my favorite movies Glenda even though I always feel like cooking :)

  6. I just started reading Christian author Shauna Niequist's book Bread & Wine. I think you would really love it. She's also from Chicago so she writes about food & places you may have been to or heard of in the city.

  7. I haven't felt like cooking either. I have to force myself to go to the grocery and I end up buying the most uninspired stuff there is. Perhaps a foodie movie is what I need. Thanks for the (much needed) inspiration!

  8. I loved that first movie! Never scene the second...may have to find a copy of that one. :)

  9. Saw the first one and loved it....have not seen the rest. Guess I have some movie to watch =)

  10. This is a good idea! I've been wanting to see Julie and Julia. I need to rent it soon.


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