Julie & Julia
This twin-track narrative switches between the early life of legendary food maven Julia Child and the present-day struggles of aspiring chef Julie Powell. And not to tell tales out of school, but we may be treated to nearly 525 recipes. Prepare to be famished.
Eat Drink Man Woman
This Taipei family ain't exactly the touchy-feely-spill-out-your-emotions type. Which prompts dad - a master chef - to try and connect with his strong-willed daughters through a series of perfectly presented Sunday dinners. Now that's MY kind of communication!
Two brothers try and save their not-so-successful Italian restaurant by gambling the business on one - wait for it - big night. This, my friends, is food porn at its finest.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Nothing against the Johnny Depp version, but nobody plays up Wonka's loveable d-bag jerkiness like Gene Wilder. But hey, you'd be smug too if your company produced the world's greatest selection of candy-coated brilliance.
Here's the recipe: Juliette Binoche for the fellas, Johnny Depp for da ladies, and plenty of mouthwatering chocolate for all of us. Serve, then repeat as needed. You're welcome.
Speaking of docs, Food, Inc. is the one flick on this list that won't have you clamoring for an after-viewing binge. Instead, its revealing look at the assembly line-style machinations of the American food industry will have you second guessing everything that ends up on your plate. Bon apetit!
James and the Giant Peach
Okay, the main food item here is an oversized piece of fuzzy fruit, but hey, peaches are delicious! And good for you, too. Just be sure to remove the song and dance-spewing anthropomorphic insects before taking that first bite.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Sushi is the greatest room temperature food in the galaxy. This is science fact, and 85-year-old Japanese chef Jiro Ono knows it better than everyone. This dicey (in a good way) doc shows the master at work; the end result leaving a perfect wasabi-flavoured taste in your mouth.
I'm typically nonplussed by the idea of rats taking over a high-end restaurant's kitchen. But there's something about these precocious Pixar pipsqueaks that makes me want to turn a blind eye to the myriad health code violations.
God bless the Soylent Corporation for solving the planet's hunger problem with its plankton-based meal supplements. I'm not a big label reader, but I'm sure there's little chance these yummy treats are made from anything resembling ground-up human beings. I mean, what would the odds be, right?