Classically Minded: Cooking Movies

Tonight I made risotto for the first time. It’s a delicious and rich rice dish that kills your arm while you cook it. You have to stir nonstop for about 30 minutes. So, my right arm should be nice and toned now… theoretically.

ANYWAY, back to the blog post. This week I’ve been in a cooking mood. I’ve spent hours perusing food blogs, reading cookbooks… I think cooking is one of the best skills one can learn in their life. Good food = a great life. Simply put. I realize that may sound cheesy, but everyone knows that a well-prepared meal can truly lift your spirits. Proven fact.

Well, if your chef skills are sub par or you’re already full, why not watch someone else cook?! Here are three of my favorite cooking movies!

Sabrina (1954)

The flawless Audrey Hepburn goes to Paris to attend culinary school and separate herself from David, the man she has loved from afar for her entire life. While in Paris she learns a little bit about the art of the kitchen and even more about how to be a confident and independent woman.

Audrey, Paris, cooking, Humphrey Bogart…. need I go on? Watch it if you haven’t had the pleasure yet!

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Barbara Stanwyck plays a columnist who has lied about being a cook, housewife and mother in order to write for the magazine. When her boss wants to send a war hero to her Connecticut farm for Christmas, she has to bring her imaginary world to life.

The sweet romance between Barbara and Dennis Morgan never ceases to put a smile on my face. And don’t let the “Christmas” in the title stop you from watching it tomorrow – it’s quite Christmas-lite, in my opinion.

Julie & Julia (2009)

When I found out that there was going to be a Nora Ephron film about food featuring Meryl Streep… let’s just say there was MUCH rejoicing in the land. Meryl plays Julia Child flawlessly and Amy Adams is raw and yet adorable as Julie Powell. I’m a sucker for a good Stanley Tucci movie as well so the cast + writing combo of Julie & Julia is seriously swoon-worthy. This past year I became obsessed with Julia Child and would read her cookbook before I went to sleep at night. This movie always makes me want to take on the challenge of cooking through Julia’s book, but I guess I’m just not as gutsy as Julie Powell. :)


I hope you’re inspired to cook a good meal and watch one of these flicks this weekend!


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