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Foodie film buffs starved for culinary cinema




Few films in the current fare are capitalizing on the foodie culture. Why do you feel that is?
Few films in the current fare are capitalizing on the foodie culture. Why do you feel that is?
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“The Hundred-Foot Journey” opens Friday starring Helen Mirren as a French chef who clashes with a young Indian chef played by Manish Dayal.

Also taking center stage are tantalizing shots of beef stews, spiced curries and sweet crepes. Thanks to the success of The Food Network, audiences have come to expect a gastronomic experience when the camera enters a kitchen.

Surprisingly few films in the current fare are capitalizing on the foodie culture. “Julie and Julia,”  “Chef,” and the forthcoming “Adam Jones” are part of a very short list in recent years.

Why aren’t there more? What are your most memorable foodie movies or even the best cooking scenes?

Guests:

Amy Nicholson, film critic for KPCC and LA Weekly

Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor

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