Ok, I know this thread has been dead as a doornail for over six months now but I just couldn't resist...Big Night
is very high on my list. Of course for all the obvious reasons, but in fact mainly because of the scene of the morning after, when all the extravagant cooking and eating has been done and the men wake up and stumble into the kitchen one after the other, to share the simple satisfaction provided by an omelette.
Also, I love The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
and Fried Green Tomatoes
, although often mentioned up thread.
And then three slightly far-fetched ones:Mermaids
, in which Cher prepares only food items featured in her finger food book, down to the marshmallow skewers for desert.
In The Hours
three stories run alongside and each features some memorable food scenes. In the part with Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in the 1920's, she sends her cook to London by train to fetch ginger for the afternoon tea party, but REALLY because she is scared to be alone around the house with the servants.
In the 1950's storyline is a scene were we see how a deeply depressed Julianne Moore wants to make her husband a brown-and-blue birthday cake. She fails at her first attempt so she makes a second, perfect one, leaves it on the counter and drives off to a hotel to kill herself (which she then doesn't do after all).
And then in the 2000's setting, Meryl Streep prepares a party for her writer friend who has AIDS and has won a writers award. From early morning on she has been busy preparing 'that crab-thing you like so much', starting off with her girlfriend discovering a dozen of live crabs in the sink, but then her friend throws himself out of the window and the party is -of course- cancelled. The sound of the 'crab-thing' as she slides it off the plate into the bin is, to me, immortal.Amadeus
features a gorgeous banquet that serves as the background for the introduction of Mozart and his wife, with dishes dressed with pheasant feathers and a huge bombe-type contraption covered in what appear to be chocolate truffles.
But perhaps my most favourite food scene of them all has to be the one where Mozartís wife comes to Salieri to seek his help and to make her feel at ease he offers her 'some refreshments' in the form of Capezzoli di Venere
- brandied chestnuts coated with marzipan, or, originally, chocolate. Her face, his, the innuendo, everyting they DON'T say, and all of that over a pretty little dish of innocent looking sweets... I have never tried to recreate those but I think I will have to, one day...