In the winter, at our house, we cook to get through the cold and grey. And wonderful food is in our heads alot as we lobby for improved school lunches as a family cause. But one of the things that gets you through the long winter is FOOD FILMS and it was time to curl up on the couch and watch BIG NIGHT. If that meal doesn't make you head for the nearest trattoria, you have probably already frozen to death. The period details, the relationship between the brothers Primo and Secundo, and the fabulous seamed hose outlining the shapely legs of Isabella Rosellini--I just love this movie and now so do my kids. You can almost smell the risotto, and it made us all head into the kitchen the next day to cook up a storm. We have decided to do a few more food films in this snowy season to warm us up. There are so many to choose from: Like Water for Chocolate (a local eatery does a menu drawn from that film every year for Valentines Day) Tampopo, Babette's feast--I am sure you have a list of your own.
The trick will be to come up with a meal to match the film!