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Comfort Cooking Movies


Cooking is so much more than just find something, heat, chew, and swallow. The act of cooking transforms food into an expression of the soul. Expression of love, of family, of belonging, the making and breaking of traditions, and a celebration of life! Why not take a culinary journey with our selection of Comfort Cooking Movies? Perhaps you’ll discover a spice that will inspire your kitchen (mine was cilantro).

  • Chef: A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise,
    while piecing back together his estranged family.
  • East Side Sushi: Juana, a working-class, single mother, decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Against all odds, she fights to achieve her dream of becoming a sushi chef.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey: Hassan is a culinary ingĂ©nue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, his family settles in a quaint village in the south of France. They plan to open an Indian restaurant, that is, until Madame Mallory, the owner of a classical French restaurant, gets wind of it.
  • Chocolat: When a single mother and her young daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop – with Sunday hours – across the street from the local church, they are met with some resistance from the rigidly moral community. But as soon as the townspeople discover their delicious products, their attitudes begin to change.
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi: The 85-year-old Jiro Ono is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of a 10-seat sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3-star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages.
  • Ramen Shop: The film tells the story of young Ramen Chef Masato who leaves his home and family’s shop in Japan after his father dies in search of his mother’s family and the recipes she left behind in Singapore. There he traces a culinary path of delicious signature dishes to find his estranged family across the sea. With the help of food blogger Miki, he learns the recipes of his mother’s homeland and the way to his grandmother’s heart.
  • Today’s Special: Samir is a traditionally trained chef who works as the sous chef in an exclusive restaurant in Manhattan, but when he learns he’s been turned down for an expected promotion, he leaves in a huff and isn’t asked to return. Samir considers heading for Europe to attend a culinary academy, but his plans quickly change when he learns that his father has suffered a severe heart attack and someone needs to look after the family business, a dingy Indian restaurant in Queens that’s fallen on hard times.
  • Ratatouille: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes. When fate places Remy in Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero. Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.
  • Tortilla Soup: A heartwarming comedy that’s all about food, family and a certain kind of magic that only happens at the dinner table. Martin is the culinary genius behind a successful restaurant and the widowed father of three daughters whom he has a compulsion to try and steer in the right direction. Hungry for their independence, the girls find themselves at odds with their traditionalist father.
  • Like Water for Chocolate: In turn of the century Mexico, a young woman, who has learned to infuse her emotions with her cooking, loves a boy whom her mother forces to marry her sister.
  • Chef! The Complete Collection: Seeing himself as the finest chef in all of England, Gareth Blackstock is obsessed with culinary perfection, much to the dismay of his slacker staff. (UK- TV series)
  • Writer/director Juzo Itami’s “Tampopo,” the story of a woman’s new ramen shop and struggle to make broth savory enough for her discerning truck-driver customers, with vignettes on the relationship between food and love, is a classic.

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