Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Julia Child Cookbook Giveaway!

Hey everybody! Wednesday’s article will be posted in a bit, but in the meantime, I have a hardcover copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking to give away to a lucky reader. (Butter not included.)

To be eligible for this fabulously Gallic gift:
  1. Leave a 15-50 word comment about your favorite food-based movie scene. (Please don’t use the pie-eating contest from Stand By Me.)
  2. Sign your first name for I.D. purposes.
  3. Check back early Friday afternoon for the victor.
  4. Dance!
Using Random.org, the winner will be chosen on FRIDAY AT NOON, so please get your entries in before then.

One submission per customer, please.

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103 comments:

Kelly said...

The scene in "Ratatouille" where Remy and Linguine stay up all night learning how to cook together. The omelette going out the window (and the subsequent noises of traffic reating to it) is priceless! --Kelly

rambling 80s baby said...

I will have to say that I cannot name a specific scene, but I loved the movie Fried Green Tomatoes as a child so much that when I finally ran into a "bonafide" green tomato, I fried it immediately!!! A true chic power flick! Loved them both! TAWANDA!

Marcia said...

Okay, I am someone who sees very very few movies. It's terrible, I know. The first movie I ever saw was "Lady and the tramp", so I'd have to say the spaghetti scene....Marcia

Kedar said...

Simple is delightful. Although there are a lot of food scenes in 'Big Night', the last scene where Stanley Tucci makes a simple omelet for breakfast is a classic.

Kristina R. said...

I love the scene in When Harry Met Sally where Sally orders her meal with everything on the side. I will order anything with a sauce "on the side".

April C said...

The opening scene in Waitress where Jenna talks about the pies she makes and the names she gives them. Strawberry Chocolate Oasis Pie, anyone?

thomas said...

The scene in "Hook" where all of the lost boys are eating wonderful food with wild abandon sticks out in my mind. -- Tom

kd said...

Finding Neverland where all the boys are over for dinner - with the spoon on J M Barrie's nose. They are all laughing!
kim

Mrs. B said...

Along Came Polly with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. It’s the scene where they on a date at the Indian Restaurant. It reminds me to relax in new situations.
-Abi

Julia said...

Every Brad Pitt scene in Ocean's Eleven. He seems to be eating every time he appears (lollipop, shrimp cocktail, sandwich are a few items that come to mind) I could watch that guy eat all day... SIGH... --Julia

leanne said...

The birthday party scene in "Chocolat" with that roast chicken (duck?) and the chocolate sauce that goes over everything. Everyone is taking small bites and licking the sauce off their lips and it all looks so delicious.

-Leanne

Jen said...

In "Talledega Nights," the scene where Will Ferrell is saying grace before dinner. Hilarious. --Jen

psuklinkie said...

Raging Bull's steak scene is classic.. "You want your steak? Well here's your steak!"
Not such a happy scene as some of the other movies, but still wonderful!
--amanda

Calidaho said...

The Sound of Music—Maria’s first dinner with the family. I love how proper the meal is. Maria makes all the children cry. The Captain says, “Is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of... indigestion?”

Angela

Helene said...

The deli scene in "Annie Hall" where Diane Keaton orders pastrami on white bread with mayonnaise.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, sad, and lovely all at the same time is the scene in "Chocolat" when Comte Paul de Reynaud is overcome by the urge for chocolate and destroys Vianne's lovely shop window by eating the chocolate all up and falling asleep, when they find him in the morning... so touching.

Bunson_Honeydew said...

My favorite food scene comes from Pulp Fiction, during the apartment scene with Brett. Jules asks Brett about his burger, a Big Kahuna Burger, and taunts him by taking a monster bite from it while holding him at gunpoint. Since the topic of hamburgers had just come up in conversation shortly before, Jules asks Brett if he knows what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in France. Brett's understanding of why it is called such, spawns a response that I use frequently in conversation to this day; "Check out the big brain on Brett!"

Marla said...

I don't know why but the first scene that came to my mind was the cafeteria scene from Animal House

Heather said...

"Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen."
~Kevin McAllister, Home Alone

Also, when Kevin orders pizza and plays the tape of the guy saying "Leave it on the doorstep. I'm gonna give you to the count of ten to get the hell outta here before I pump your guts full of lead... one.. two.. ten! Ha ha haah, ha ha aha..." The pizza guy leaves the pizza and trips over the trash cans leaving..

Gotta love Home Alone.

Liza Ritchie said...

I love the scene in "The Little Mermaid" when Sebastian is stuck in the French chef's kitchen, while he sings of all the delicious ways to serve fish. Liza

Rete said...

I loved all the cooking scenes in 'Simply Irresitable' but especially the scene where Sarah Michelle Geller's cooking for a huge banquet and everyone's getting their moods from her - when she's silent and concentrating and all conversation at the banquet just stops.

Rete

DMBY said...

OMG Heather, you totally stole mine! Home Alone is 'old' now according to my younger brothers, but that scene with the pizza delivery never fails to crack me up. "One, two. . .ten!"

Alexandra said...

My favorite is the scene in "Chocolat" when the uptight priests sneaks into the shop to destroy everything but end up gorging on all the treats and they find him, sleeping like a baby, in the store-front window!

Camila said...

The first one that comes to my mind is in "Like Water for Chocolate," when Tita bakes the wedding cake that makes everybody burst into tears... Camila

Amiyrah said...

"cool hand luke" and hard boiled eggs. That's all i'm going to say...

Christina said...

I am remembering the scene from Amelie, one of my favorite movies, where Amelie is trying to make a plum cake and runs out of yeast. She fantasizes about a perfect world where the object of her desire runs down the street to get her some - it's very cute. - Christina

Laura said...

The one that comes to mind is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, when Jane Powell serves the first meal to the brothers, they fall on it like they've never eaten, and she dumps the table on them. Girl power!!

Laura

likesprinkles said...

This is so random but in Because I Said So, Mandy Moore plays a chef or whatever and there's a part where she's teaching a cooking class at a retirement home or something and I love it. She's making tuna salad or something like that but it's so cute!

Amanda

Megan Frampton said...

My favorite food scene is in Tom Jones, where Tom and Mrs. Something-or-Other are eating chicken legs, lobster, etc. as their pre-coital flirtation.

Melissa said...

Home for the Holidays. The Infamous Thanksgiving dinner scene where Robert Downey Jr. accidentally sends a whole cooked turkey flying into Cynthia Stevenson's lap.

Melissa

Rachel B. said...

I enjoy the first dinner scene in "The Sound of Music," where Maria arrives late, sits on a horse chestnut, insists on praying, and then guilt-trips the kids about their previous bratty behaviour until they're all crying into their soup. Ah, family meals. Such good times. :-) -- Rachel

AB said...

In Last Holiday when Queen Latifah is watching Emeril on TV and cooking a delicous dinner.

Mrs. H said...

I love the scene in Uncle Buck when John Candy makes the biggest pancakes I've ever seen. - Ipek

Emily T said...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding. At the party when Toula announces that Gus is vegetarian. "No problem. I'll make lamb." Great movie! Plus the roasting in the front lawn, the Bundt cake scene...so many to choose from! - Emily

Laura said...

How about the pie-lovin' scene in American Pie? Kidding. "Orange-Mocha-Frappuccinos!" -a la Zoolander... que the George Michael! Always sounded like a really BAD combination of flavors to me...

Randy Scott said...

My favorite is the scene in Matilda where the evil school principal makes a kid eat a ginormous chocolate cake. -- Randy.

Michelle said...

My favorite movie scene is in "Like Water for Chocolate" where Tita transmits her passion for Pedro into her Quail with Rose Petel sauce; so - well, toe-tingling! :) Definately a must watch romantic move. Michelle

Scott & Amy said...

Odd, but the first one that came to me was a scene from Juno. She is very pregnant and going through the cafeteria line and just keeps piling things on her tray. Ahhhh, those were the days! - Amy

lightkeeper said...

My favorite is Meg Ryan in the diner in When Harry Met Sally. "I'll have what she's having".

Cheryl said...

In the movie "Bend it like Beckham" the Indian girl says to her mother, "Anyone can make Aloo Gobi, I want to bend it like Beckahm"--at the end of the movie there is an extra where the producer of the movie is in a kitchen making Aloo Gobi and her mother and two aunts are sitting behind her giving her "suggestions" on how it should be made. They each have their own ideas. I wrote down the recipe she gave for Aloo Gobi and made it--it was delish! Cheryl

Jenny said...

I love the scene in Mostly Martha when the customer sends the steak back, asking for a more rare steak. Then Martha comes out of the kitchen with a bloody, raw steak, throws it down on the table in front of the customer, stabs the knife through the steak into the table, and yells, "Rare enough for ya?!"

Jenny

Hillary said...

In "Under the Tuscan Sun," Diane Lane's character cooks a big meal for all the men working on her house. They're all, including Lane, a bunch of misfits, but the food is beautiful and, you assume, delicious and in gathering around the table to eat, they become a family.
-- Hillary

Laura said...

Definitely the scene from When Harry Met Sally, at the diner, where the couple overhears Sally making some interesting sounds (ahem!), and the woman says "I'll have what she's having!"

Larissa B. said...

The one scene that sticks out in my head is the one in "A Christmas Story" where the mom gets Randy to eat by eating like a piggy. Plus the great line about his mom not having a hot meal in years.

Kiera said...

The movie "Waitress" is filled with wonderful cooking scenes. The way she concocts pies using life experiences and feelings ("I hate my husband pie," "Bad Baby pie," etc.) is great! But the best scene is probably toward the end, where she has her baby on her hip as she stirs the batter, singing sweetly, "Baby, don't you cry, gonna make a pie, gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle."

Sally said...

I like the scene in Clueless when Cher and Josh are teasing each other and snacking on carrots, orange juice, and turkey sandwiches. That is how I snack, too.

Carolyn G said...

I can't name a favorite scene because there is one where she is preparing mole and another when she is using rose petals with cornish hens, but the whole movie Like Water for Chocolate is wonderful. THe care they take with the preparation of the food and how it is supposed to be eaten is wonderful.

redvipervenom1 said...

The birthday scene in "Fried Green Tomatoes" where Helen makes the fried tomatoes instead of a birthday cake. Really shows how food brings back memories.

mindy said...

it was in a hallmark movie i saw the other night where a man is trying to make a good impression on his mother in law who is very orthodox and he is not and he asks for butter with a meat meal

Kelly said...

I love the scene in French Kiss where Kevin Kline is giving Meg Ryan a private wine tasting. She gets flirty, saying the wine's description (bold, unpretentious, a bit sophisticated) actually applies to herself. Then she folds up in on herself, mortified at what she's saying. Adorable!

Rebecca said...

Does anyone remember "Tampopo"? I love the scene where the older truck driver teaches the younger one how to properly savor his noodle soup.

Jeannine said...

I'm torn on either the "I'll have what she's having" scene in When Harry Met Sally, or the blindfold refridgerator scene in 9 1/2 Weeks.

I'm just a dirty old woman, I guess.
-Jeannine

RANDY DEVOST said...

In Juzo Itami's film "Tampopo" an elderly woman at a food market begins to repeatedly squeeze a peach, testing it for ripeness. Her bony hand, like a steel vice on the fruit's tender flesh, ends up destroying it. One after another, she squashes the neatly arranged produce in an obsessive compulsive manner until a clerk catches her and she makes a beeline towards the exist.

Zegi said...

The scene in Beetlejuice where he possesses the obnoxious parents and their dinner guests to the tune of Day-o...

Amy B said...

I am of Protestant Scandinavian descent. My mother was an awful cook. I have to laugh during the scene in Babette's Feast when the sisters pour ale over a mixture of old bread and cod in a bowl, proudly instructing Babette "and then we let it soak." That pretty much sums up every one of my mother's recipes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V7z-O1HG5E

chandy said...

The picnic scene in O Brother Where Art Thou, where they are eating fried chicken before Big Dan the Bible Salesman beats them up and kills their frog. Clever dialogue and George Clooney = win-win!

Torey said...

Really any scene from the foreign film Mostly Martha. This is the film No Reservations was baised on, but the original is so much better. The whole movie is about cooking (mostly) so any scene is great.

Vivian Deliz said...

I liked "Like Water for Chocolate," when Tita bakes the wedding cake and cries into it thus making everybody burst into tears wnen they eat the cake.

kaitum said...

My favorite food based movie scene is the scene in American Beauty when Lester asks, "Will you please pass me the asparagus?" ... "Please pass me the asparagus." ... "Will someone please pass me the ****ing asparagus?!" ... and then throws the asparagus and plate against the wall.

Maddy said...

My favorite food based movie clip is in Wedding Crashers when Vince Vaughnn keeps eating Owen Wilson's cake and showing him how to get the perfect bite with icing and cake hahah - Maddy

Alli said...

Ah! I finally thought of a great food scene, and someone already has it down. I always loved that part in Hook where the lost boys are having their feast and its actually coloured muck. I especially love the part where Robin Williams' character finally "gets it" and sees the muck as food.

I think that may be the secret to life, actually. - Alli

Katherine said...

The scene in California Dreamin', which I just saw, in which Doiaru and the American Captain cook sarmale together. It's the most tension-filled scene with a man wearing an apron that I have seen.

Anonymous said...

My favorite food movie is Avalon. The movie follows a european, jewish family that immigrated to america. Changes in the family are reflected in their meals as the family becomes more Americanized and affluent. In the beginning, the meals were big family events with lots of food, family and talking around the dining room table. As time goes on, the family buys a TV. Eventually they transition from the big family meals to eating on TV trays in front of the TV, not saying a word to each other.

suzen said...

chocolat- when you see her make the chocolate in the shop for the first time. so swirly!

Laura said...

One entertaining scene that comes to mind: the scene in "The Breakfast Club" where they all eat their lunch. --Laura

Thomas said...

First off... wow. I didn't realize my gender might completely be in the minority. I think there's a chance I'm the only guy who has commented so far ("randy" in my experience could go either way). So I think I'll have to go with two guys movies....

First, the scene from 5th Element where Lelu is magically making and scarfing whole chickens in some kind of dried bean microwave. "Heee CHEE-KEN! CHEE-KEN GUD!"

Second, pretty much the whole montage in Mrs Doubtfire as Robin Williams is trying to learn how to cook from cooking shows. Pretty much how I roll every day. :)

-Thomas

Amber said...

The scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where Chevy Chase cuts into the Turkey and its completely ruined in the middle...and the next scene is everyone having a difficult time chewing on it.

Nicole said...

I'm not sure it's my favorite favorite, but the part in No Reservations where the chef slams the raw steak down on the table and says "rare enough for you!?!" to the bad customer. Love your site!...Nicole

Anonymous said...

I'm normally a lurker, but I couldn't resist this one. The scene in the Godfather when Clemenza is teaching Michael how to make sauce. We see this older, macho italian man performing a traditionally female role, making dinner. Love it.

Isabel

Tanya said...

National Lampoon's Christmas - The carving of that dried out turkey & the image of Chevy Chase chewing it is unforgettable!

MS said...

I LOVE My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and the best scene is the big family Easter dinner in the restaurant where the Aunt Vula touches Ian's hair and then says she'll cook for him. As Tula informs her this is problematic b/c he's vegetarian, Aunt Vula shouts "He don't eat no meat! He don't Eat. No. Meat." Everything comes to a screeching halt, and then she says "That's ok. I make lamb!" Love it! -- MS

Heather said...

Okay, this isn't really my absolute favorite, but it is one that popped into my head: from "Yentl", the scene where s/he's sitting in the parlor admiring the perfectly rounded cookies and wondering (in song, no less!) how Hadass got them all the same size. :o)

ErinM said...

Mmmm... The entire opening credits of "Eat Drink Man Woman" — I so wish he would come cook for me!

Angie said...

I think I'll add a new movie to the discussion--I love the Thanksgiving scene in Holiday Inn when Bing Crosby is listening to a record of himself singing about how thankful he is while he pushes away his turkey "Old Gus? I knew him too well", mashed potatoes, and peas because he is so despondant over the "slicker who stole his gal".

Lara said...

I love when Richard Gere goes into the Trout Bakery in Runaway Bride and orders cinnamon rolls as Mrs. Trout talks nonstop and messes with his clothes from across the counter.

lbsr said...

How can I not recognize Better off Dead? The boiled bacon? I mean, really, comedic gold.

Manderley said...

My favorite movie food scene is from "Cool Hand Luke" where Luke takes a bet that he can eat 50 eggs in an hour! Paul Newman at his best.

Amy said...

I love awkward dinner scenes! A favorite is the day after Christmas dinner scene in *While You Were Sleeping.*
Favorite lines:
"These mashed potatoes are SO creamy!" "Mary mashed them!"

"Argentina has good beef. Beef and Nazis."

~Amy

happy roy said...

it's not my favorite food scene in a movie, but i love the breakfast scenes in "50 first dates" when adam sandler repeatedly tries to woo drew barrymore with his waffle cabin creations among other things. i found it really adorable.

--julie

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What comes to mind is the scene from the Lost Boys when they offer Michael a Chinese box full of rice. - Erin

Rebecca S said...

I just watched Talladega Nights and most of the random dialogue had me in stitches! One that sticks out in my mind is when Ricky Bobby says “To quote the late, great Colonel Sanders, ‘I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.’”

Dan O. said...

In the Blues Brothers where they're at the diner. Elwood orders dry white toast and Jake orders 4 fried chickens and a coke.

Lucky said...

I love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original one, not the scary Johnny Depp one). I love the scene in the candy store at the beginning. ~Lucky

Shana said...

I don't know if it's my favorite, but I like the scene in Spanglish where Adam Sandler makes the killer egg sandwich. I'd kill for that egg sandwich right now, in fact.

Shanbanan said...

Okay, I posted this yesterday, but I guess something happened that it didn't go through.

Gotta love the chocolate engorgement in "Chocolat". He goes in with such good intentions and ends up with it all over his face.

Sarah said...

This one's silly. In "Here On Earth" when Chris Klein and Leelee Sobieski are sitting at a ball diamond eating sandwhiches. He's complementing her on the sandwhich just as they start to kiss. My friends found the way he said "mustard" so funny we rewound and rewatched that scene at least 10 times.

Charity said...

One of my favorites is from The Mirror Has Two Faces when Jeff Bridges has taken Barbra Streisand to a restaurant (after they're married). He orders extra dressing for her, because he knows she likes it, and is captivated by her ritual as he watches her cut her salad, remove the unwanted elements, and...his favorite part...the loading of the fork with precise portions of each ingredient to achieve the Ultimate. Perfect. Bite.

Pearl said...

I love the scene in Zoolander where they're sitting around drinking the "special" tea, and Matilda admits to Hansel and Zoolander that she dislikes models b/c she was insecure in school and became bulimic. and Zoolander says "You can read minds?!?". Cracks me up every time!

Mackenzie said...

I love the scenes in The Shawshank Redemption where the guys are talking in the dining area. In particular, there's the great scene where Andy finds a maggot in his food, and Brooks gives it to the baby raven in his pocket.

valerie2350 said...

fried green tomatoes - so much fun to see them working in the kitchen and making a huge mess with the flour.

marie said...

Hmmm. . . the whole movie Ratatouille. Sorry, I can't chose just one scene

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Nancy said...

In Anne of Green Gables, Anne's cherished teacher has come for a meal. They're about to have dessert and need cream to pour over the top. Anne goes to get the cream pircher and finds a mouse has drowned in it! Yikes!

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Annie said...

Wow, mine is a wee bit racey.

9 and 1/2 weeks with Mickey Rourke and Kim Bassinger when he was feeding her food from the fridge and she was blindfolded!

Oh I loved that scene!

Thanks

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The Halton Mom said...

One of my all time favorite food scenes has to be in Mrs. Doubtfire. There is nothing better then Robin Williams running around saying "Face...face..I needa face...HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh I'm sorry dear I must look like a Yehti." Such good stuff. hehe thanks for the opportunity.

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windycindy said...

Animal House where the girl tells John Belushi that he is a pig and he takes a handful of mashed potatoes and hits his cheeks! Then, he says to her Guess what I am now, A zit~
Thanks, Cindi
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Jennifer said...

From Chocolat when she is preparing her delicious cocoas with exotic chocolates and spices, how she took her time stirring the delicious chocolate. Yum. The movie made me crave real cocoa.

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Alli said...

My favorite scene is in the Fisher King where the two men take the two women out for Chinese food. Robin Williams character does everything he can to make his clumsy date feel good. Very sweet.
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Cam said...

I think my favorite food scene has to be the dinner in "While You Were Sleeping." I hate to echo a previous poster, but the "These mashed potatoes are so creamy," and "Beef and Nazis," would make me blow water out my nose every time if I allowed myself a drink. On the opposite end of the spectrum, however, I submit "Little Otik" to the hall of fame of frightening food. I'm not sure the food was supposed to look that disgusting, but the SO and I resoundingly stated that was the scariest part of the film.

Katy said...

I'd have to say the scene in the diner in "When Harry met Sally." No, not the "I'll have what she's having" scene. It's near the beginning of the movie, when they're driving to New York after graduation. It always tickles me the way Sally orders her pie.

Darra said...

The canabalistic serving of roasted murdered lover in "The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover." And the wife's fabulous Jean-Paul Gaultier costume in that scene.

Lindsey said...

Even though it grosses me out a bit, looooved the scene in Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon and Minnie Driver are eating hamburgers and decide they should just get the first kiss over with so they do, each with a mouth full of burger. Such a fun, genuine moment, followed by, "I think I got some of your pickle!"

Anonymous said...

@ Heather: Is this the clip of Yentl that you mean?! Nice to see another Babs fan here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDK5kcmHuDQ