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Monday, 11 April 2011

Favourite food moments on film

From 'Marie Antoinette' starring Kirsten Dunst. Let them eat cake!
Screen sirens.  You know who they are.  Those women who enjoy good food as much as good shoes.  Who cook with effortless style and consume it with just as much grace.  Who tumble food and fashion into one perfect moment.  And luckily for us, it's captured on film!

Ahh Audrey.  The reason why every tourist insists on buying an icecream at the Spanish Steps.  Such pulling power.

Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in 'To Catch a Thief'.

Grace Kelly + beautiful old car + handsome co-star + breathtaking European backdrop + picnic lunch = perfect afternoon.  Too bad they have a thief to catch!

The Notebook
Rachel McAdams can make anything look good, even a simple afternoon stroll with icecream in hand...

Amelie - possibly the cutest little girl you've ever seen.  And clearly a foodie.  It's funny how you can tell from an early age ... My favourite part of the entire movie is when she's sitting on top of the roof, alternately connecting and disconnecting the television aerial as a way of punishing her neighbour who's desperately trying to watch a game.  A child genius!

The birth rate of television chefs is as constant and unremitting as time itself.  But every now and then, a chef will be catapaulted into the stratosphere and bask there for a while.  Maybe it's her recipes, maybe it's the background music.  Maybe even her voice.  Nigella has the whole package.  The ease and charm with which she cooks has captivated audiences around the world.  Each dish is peppered with her poetic musings, and you can't help but get swept away by her enthusiasm. 

The best part of any episode is the final credits, where you see Nigella open the fridge and peer for any leftovers.  It will inevitably be ice cream, which she piles on her plate and sandwiches between biscuits, before whisking gracefully out of sight to enjoy her midnight treat.  A great way to feel better about your own late-night snacking :)

Sophie Dahl also epitomises food and glamour.  A former model, her cooking show opens with animated illustrations of her journey through food, from times when she was thin as a slip, to round as a Rubens.  Each episode focuses on a particular emotion, and how food can both embody and overcome it, for example nostalgia, and escapism.  Her style is fairy-light, whimsical and carefree.

Her cooking show is entitled 'Delicious Miss Dahl'.

The ever-chirpy Charlotte.  Always chipper.  That is, until her daughter gets her icing-covered hands all over her Balenciaga skirt ... Oh dear.  But at least she looks great :)

And finally, one of the best food moments on film.  Priceless! 

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