Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Making Movie Feasts
A number of posts back I shared a list of my favorite foodie movies. One of them was Babette's Feast, a 1987 Oscar winner from Denmark. Truth is, the movie does exactly what I want to be writing about. In the movie a French woman living in an austere Danish community the late 19th century prepares a sumptuous, sensuous, decadent meal for her somber community and creates quite a stir. At its core, Babette’s Feast is about how food brings us together and creates intimacy and community. Not long after writing the blog entry I came across a wonderful essay that raises a challenge to all of us. In J. Bryan Lowder’s Cooking With Babette in Slate Magazine, we are regaled with a wonderful story of attempting to duplicate Babette’s feast at home. After reading it, I think I might be better suited to just eat Reese’s Pieces, ride a bike and call it my E.T. meal; I don’t have the budget, time or skill, I am afraid, to replicate such a meal. But then eating candy on a solo bike ride across the moon would be missing Babette’s point, now wouldn’t it? That said, the essay is a great read and inspires an idea. What is your favorite foodie movie? Now, go watch it again and pick a recipe. Come back here or to the Facebook page and share your experiences. Happy watching, happy cooking, happy eating!!!