Oscar Bait

CHOW isn’t the only publication for which Oscar night’s approach means doing a shout out to those films in which food plays a starring role.

CHOW’s piece has its quirks—no Big Night or Tampopo, yes Delicatessen. In Asheville, North Carolina, however, they’re more traditional, and the Asheville Citizen Times’ list name-checks all the usual suspects, from Babette’s Feast to Like Water for Chocolate. They get style points, though, for including a pre-foodie-era film, 1945’s Christmas in Connecticut.

The Akron Beacon Journal’s Oscar food piece is less a list than an exploration of how food fits into film. Apparently, according to Steve Zimmerman, coauthor of a tome called Food in the Movies, “People love to see beautiful photographs of food. People love to sit and look at the stuff.’’ Amen, brother. The piece even includes recipes, including one for Hannibal Lecter–inspired chicken liver and fava bean crostini.

But film food doesn’t have to be fictional. If you’re in L.A., Seattle, or a handful of other cities, in the coming weeks you can go to a real food film: the 2005 German documentary Our Daily Bread. A meditation on the nature of our over-industrialized food chain, Our Daily Bread has mesmerized critics with its images of the “surreal … nature of preparing food products on a colossal scale.”

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