Come to Eat, Come to Bed
by Mariyah Gonzales
For all of those who like it hot, a short list of food films. These are stories of passion, self-discovery and selfish appetites for life, finely draped over love lines.
Bella Martha, Mostly Martha (2001)
There’s one thing lonelier than sleeping alone: eating alone.
A single, obsessive perfectionist applies her rigidity to all aspects of life, from the kitchen she manages to the household she shares with her niece. Her life takes a turn for the sexy with an Italian sous-chef.
Chocolat, Chocolate (2000)
Novel and Film
I sell dreams, small comforts, sweet harmless temptations to bring down a multitude of saints crashing among the hazels and nougatines.
Author Joanne Harris writes a story of sweet, sinful pleasures and indulgence with a mysterious woman stirring the desires of a sleeping French village. The velvet aromas and exotic cacao beans rouses them awake. Also, Johnny Depp.
Como Agua Para Chocolate, Like water for chocolate (1992)
Novel and Film
Whether to the table or to bed, you must come when you are bid.
Author Laura Esquivel tells Tita’s heart-wrenching story from a traditional Mexican kitchen, marking her forbidden love with recipes of wedding cakes and quails in rose petal sauce. Both a must-read and must-see.
Io Sono L’amore, I am Love (2009)
Happy is a word that makes one sad.
A passionate, backbiting romance destroys the foundation of an haute bourgeousie family in Italy. It’s haunting, cold and so beautiful.
First, observe the whole bowl. Appreciate its gestalt. Savor the aromas. Jewels of fat glittering on the surface. Shinachiku roots shining. Seaweed slowly sinking. Spring onions floating. Concentrate on the three pork slices. They play the key role, but stay modestly hidden.
A single mother seeks guidance from an unlikely character in this Japanese Ramen Western. Humour, drama and action are melted into this balanced broth and topped off with slices of sensuality. The only noodle film you need to see.
Yin Shi Nan Nu, Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Don’t understand any of them, and I don’t want to know. Let them grow up and leave. It’s like cooking. Your appetite’s gone when the dish is done.
A widowed father struggles to understand his three daughters with his disappearing appetite and taste for cooking (life). A great story of love, family and seasons all set in this incredible house in Taipei.
There are countless others that should be mentioned, not necessarily for the love story between two people, but for the desire we have for food and all it stands for. Look for other greats like Babette’s Feast (1987), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and documentaries like The Slow Food Story (2013) and Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011).