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Food and Film: A Great Pair

Food and Film: A Great Pair
  • By Oscar Insider

It’s no secret that movies and food go well together.  Whether it’s a mother lovingly serving hot soup to a sick child in a drama or a couple sharing a milkshake in a romantic comedy, the food itself becomes integral to the success of the scene, and subsequently the film.  Direct from THE CHEW, here are five of our favorite films that will forever be known for their associations with food – and some yummy CHEW dishes that go great with the movie!

FORREST GUMP: Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates

For the creators of FORREST GUMP, life really was like a box of chocolates.  This classic American film of making good against the odds beat out such great films as PULP FICTION and QUIZ SHOW to get the Oscar® in 1994.

Forrest’s love of all things chocolate and of course Bubba Gump shrimp inspired countless parodies, chocolate products and even one restaurant in Times Square, N.Y. If you like chocolate as much as Forrest does try these recipes from Chew co-hosts and master chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon:

Mario’s Chocolate Kisses

Michael’s Chocolate Truffles


There’s really nothing like coffee and a Danish first thing in the morning and nobody knew that better than Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.  This film, based on a novella by Truman Capote, won best song for MOON RIVER in the 1962 Academy Awards.  Hepburn was nominated for Best Actress, but lost to Sophia Loren.

In honor of her infectious excitement for breakfast on the go, try this coffee and pastry combo today, courtesy of THE CHEW'S Daphne Oz and and Carla Hall:

Coconut Pound Cake

Carla’s De-Stress Chai

THE GODFATHER: Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli

While there are so many great references to food in THE GODFATHER, one line stands out among all the others: “leave the gun, take the cannoli.”  Considering how good traditional Italian cannoli are, this sentiment is completely justified.  Not only did this film faithfully realize Mario Puzzi’s literary work but it also won a number of Oscars® in 1972.

Try THE CHEW co-host Daphne’s favorite cannoli recipe:

ANNIE HALL: Dial 911, It’s the Lobster Squad!

Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer has many fears, one of which is lobsters.  When attempting to make a lovely dinner, Annie and Alvy let the lobsters loose in their kitchen and Alvy cries, “Why don’t you just call the police?  Dial 911, it’s the lobster squad.”  This great scene plus a number of others earned Allen a best picture Oscar® in 1977.

While we don’t recommend letting live lobsters loose in your kitchen, a nice dish with lobster meat is always delicious.  Try this popular dish from Daphne Oz:

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: I’ll Have What She’s Having

No compilation of food and movie pairings would be complete without WHEN HARRY MET SALLY.  When having lunch at New York’s Katz’s Deli, Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm while enjoying a pastrami sandwich.   Though this fantastic film didn’t win an Oscar®, Ryan’s costar Billy Crystal has hosted the Oscars many times. 

If you’re looking for a delicious sandwich look no further that this Flank steak one from Michael Symon:

If turkey is more your flavor, Mario Batali has you covered:

For more great recipes like this, visit www.thechew.com. And make sure to tune into THE CHEW starting next Monday, February 20th at 1 et/12 pt/c for everything you’ll need to prepare for any Oscar® Sunday celebrations!

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