If you’re planning to watch Chocolat, you absolutely will need a selection of chocolate to nibble on, for chocolate is more than just a treat. In this film, it represents lust, joy and community. It reawakens the soul of a dormant village, with its rich tones and luxurious blends. Nothing will ever look more enticing that some dark chocolate, accompanied by a tiny hint of chili pepper.
This energetic take on the historical figure of Marie Antoniette is all about excess. From the food, to the alcohol, everything is colourful, sweet and tempting. Therefore, if you want to truly experience this Sofia Coppola classic, get yourself a massive tray of macarons, and enjoy the show.
Whoever says that animated food is not tempting clearly has never seen a Studio Ghibli film. While all of them famously feature comforting plates of food, Spirited Away is probably the most appealing. From the onigiri (rice balls) to the classic sushi, to the lesser known ikameshi (rice-stuffed squid simmered in soy sauce), this movie has an inviting representation of Japanese cuisine which, though hand-drawn, will make you crave it more than any chef show out there.
Nothing represents the epitome of American childhood like greasy pizza and an overly charged sundae. And dammit does Home Alone make it look delicious. From one of the first scenes, where Kevin is first deprived of his cheese pizza by his annoying family, we suffer with him. Him ordering a whole pizza for himself and gorging on ice cream when the family ‘disappears’ will make you wish your family disappeared when you were a kid. Since, tragically, we can’t relive our childhoods, the next best thing is to marathon Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York while in bed, alone, with a massive pizza and diabetes-inducing sundae.
Listen, I don’t even like Turkish delight. Yet The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe makes it look like the only desirable food to comfort you in the dead of winter. Enclosed in a beautifully decorated box and accompanied by hot chocolate served from a jewel encrusted cup, I think it’s safe to say, we all would have betrayed our siblings for that.
Never has garlic looked so mouthwatering as in the Goodfellas cooking scene. The attention to detail, by slicing it veil-thin, and how it liquifyies in the pan with just a little oil. If that wasn’t enough, the description of the tomato sauce, enriched by all types of meats is sure to have you crave pasta like never before, whether made by a gangster or not.
And now, if all these movies have made you sad to go back to depressing university food, just watch Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. I will just say that the eating scene with Mr. Creosote will instantly kill any crave for food you ever had.