Delicious! Music from Great Food Movies

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Amy Adams stars as Julie Powell in 'Julie & Julia' Amy Adams stars as Julie Powell in 'Julie & Julia' (Columbia Pictures)

As chefs become celebrities, and the preparation and consumption of meals an increasing point of passion, it's not surprising that food, cooking and chefs are the focus of more and more movies.

Music helps communicate the flavor of these films, and David Garland presents a feast of film scores for Foodies, including "Ratatouille," "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Julie & Julia," "Like Water for Chocolate," and "No Reservations."

What's your favorite food-focused film scene? What's your favorite pairing of food and music?

Comments [8]


How could you leave out the eating scene from TOM JONES, Staring Albert Finney.

Nov. 29 2014 09:44 PM
cristina di viconti from NYC

and who was the tenor singing in La Traviata (not Trovatore) with Joan Sutherland, please? Grazie

Nov. 29 2014 09:44 PM

You played the "Drinking Song" by Verdi with Joan Sutherland. You said it was from Il Travatori. Actually it was from La Traviata.

Nov. 29 2014 09:30 PM
Michael from Manhattan

Annie Bergen recently played on Thanksgiving Day a recording of "Food Glorius Food" which comes from the movie "Oliver" and I couldn't remember the recording it was she played. But if you asked me what music and food relates with me, "Food Glorius Food" is among the very songs that easily identifies in both combinations.

Nov. 29 2014 07:05 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Yes, Babette's Feast. Lovely film.

Nov. 29 2014 09:36 AM
Richard Pairaudeau from Madrid

The final banquet in Joseph Losey's "Don Giovanni" looks delicious, and conveys very effectively that the Don's fate is a punishment for obsession with appetites.

Act 2 of "Tosca" is a rather similar moment, as an appetite-driven Scarpia carelessly mixes business and dinner, only to find himself stabbed with the silverware and pyred with the table candlesticks.

Nov. 29 2014 04:05 AM
luisa from NYC

In my mind, there is only one film that fits your question and that is Babette's Feast. This film shows the impact of experiencing something you've not done before, the enjoyment of the beauty and sensuousness of food when shared with others. It confirms how transforming food and friendship can be when one allows oneself to try something beyond one's immediate experience. The town residents could never be the same again. How wonderful for them all.

Nov. 28 2014 08:50 PM
GCL from Astoria Queens

David see if you can find the soundtrack for "When Harry met Sally". There's a splendid piece that describes the scene in Katz's Deli. And of course the obvious response from the customer....

Nov. 22 2014 09:31 PM

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