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Our Favorite Food-Related Movies & Shows

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This is guilt-free “eating.”


As much as we love to eat, we also love to look at other people create and indulge in delicious dishes. Here are food-related movies and shows that make us all wonder, “Why didn’t I become a chef?” Food for a living, anyone?

Movies

Chef (2014)

chef-jon-favreau-sofia-vergara-emjay-anthony“You’re never going to be happy cooking for someone else,” says Carl Caster’s ex-wife while he’s on the verge of losing his job as head chef. He realizes it’s true and soon starts his own tacos food truck. I found this story hilarious, and also contemplative – we’re all on our own path to redemption, it just depends on how willing we are to break the “normal” circle of life to get there.

Julie & Julia (2009)

juliaEver wonder if you had a previous life? Julie Powell wishes she would’ve been Julia Child in the past. Though separated by time and space, their mutual passion for cooking, fearlessness and lots of butter, helps them accomplish goals. And both seem unable to finish anything they start, perhaps something many of us who have a tendency to abandon personal missions can relate to.

Shows

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005 – Present)

anthony-bourdainBourdain, who traveled the world for this show, was once asked if he’d die a happy man. Among the places he mentioned would make him a “happily dead man” is Saudi Arabia. An Englishman in New York, it was funny to watch him experience our culture firsthand, which he was so unfamiliar with. It’s really like he kept thinking to himself  ‘It’s not supposed to be like this. Why are they so friendly?’

Have a good laugh while rediscovering the culinary wonders of the Kingdom, click here.

3a Nar Latife (2010 – Present)

teta-latifeNo one does it as well as Teta Latife. Here’s her story. She always wanted to have her own show, but her late husband never allowed it. When he passed on, she turned to her connections in the media and achieved her long-awaited dream, starring in a show where she hosts a variety of cooking enthusiasts, experts and culinary students. One of her bits that endears her to the audience is when she innocently asks her guests the most random questions, putting them on the spot. Even if I’m not watching to learn about a certain recipe, I’ll keep the channel on for the entertainment.

Saudi Food with Eman (2012 – Present)

eman-gazzaz-riyadh-apr-2017-as2One of this popular YouTuber’s video titles is Guaranteed picky eaters will eat Saleeg, and I think we can say that about everything she makes. Eman gets most of her recipes from her mother, something I’ve always wanted to do as well but never had the chance to. Practicing her hobby, her YouTube videos combine Arab and foreign fusion dishes that are easy to make at home.

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