Food+Music can make anyone happy

It might be hard work but there isn’t really a down side to food. We all need it. We all have our own tastes. We can love or hate making and eating whatever we cook. It induces memories and is a visual feast that triggers other senses and emotions.

While food tickles our sense of smell, sight, and touch/taste, when music comes into the mix to trigger our ears and body, it’s a double whammy. It’s no wonder food+music can make anyone happy and transcends cultures. I watched a couple of movies recently that does just that.

Written, directed, and starring Jon Favreau (remember Swingers?), Chef is about a chef who loses his restaurant job and starts up a food truck to express his creativity and love for food while trying to connect with his son. It’s a light-hearted and easy-going film with plenty of eye-watering culinary images and lots of body-moving songs. There’s also a big push for Twitter… is this the new way for product placement – to blatantly talk about a brand and use it as the basis for the plot? Favreau might end up being the next Woody Allen because he practically does everything and at the same time includes plenty of well-known actors who all seem to have fun on the film. .. Check out the trailer below.

The other movie is based on a book called The Hundred-Foot Journey about the Kadam family who leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Another light-hearted film that puts the love of food in the spotlight. Since it’s based on a book, there’s plenty of stuff that doesn’t make it into the movie, but it does make a clear case that there isn’t a hierarchy when it comes to culinary arts – it’s about passion, the love of discovering new tastes and figuring out what people like or don’t like… and it has dashes of Bollywood dancing and music.

Back in October 2013, I tried to take a photo of every meal I ate at breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was a visual feast, but probably one I wouldn’t want to repeat. The results weren’t very appetizing – click on each photo to see all the meals.

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