Last Call: Which movies make you hungry?

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Last CallLast CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.

During the past three weeks in which I’ve been stuck inside, I could have committed myself to doing something productive, like reading more books or learning how to weld. Instead, I’ve dedicated myself to Twitter, watching Netflix, and eating 16 times a day. I’m not making the best decisions right now, but what can I do. The heart wants what it wants.


At the intersection of these three riveting hobbies is reading tweets about food from hungry, bored people who are watching Netflix, and let me tell you guys, it’s as crazy as it sounds. It seems as if I am not the only person out there who has adopted this dubious lifestyle, and I can tell this by the number of times the topic of “food movies” has shown up in my feed this past month. This is not a discussion we need to keep having, people. By now, everybody is aware that Big Night, Ratatouille, and Chocolat are all very good movies about food. We can shut this one down and move on.

I would like to see Food/Netflix Twitter move past these inane conversations. Instead, Food/Netflix Twitter should use this platform to pinpoint which exact moments of movies compel us to walk to the kitchen to make ourselves another sandwich. If we all share those scenes, then perhaps I can find a pattern of human behavior I can eventually exploit for fun and profit. For example, my favorite food scene in modern cinema is the “I drink your milkshake” monologue from There Will Be Blood, because it makes me think about how much I love milkshakes, and how sad I would be if somebody drank mine. Then, I go make myself a milkshake, which is a nice thing to enjoy at the end of that movie. What’s on your TV that’s making you think about dinner?

Allison Robicelli is a writer, recipe czar, former professional chef, author of four (quite good) books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Tweet me for recipe help: @Robicellis.


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I watched Spirited Away with some friends last month for a birthday, and it struck me how much I could relate to... her parents. See an abandoned railway station and want to check it out? Yup. Don’t mind wandering down an abandoned tunnel leading to god know’s where? Yup. Notice ginormous plates full of roasted pork and dumplings and decide to figure out how much I owe later? Hell, I have money saved, make it a double. That movie makes me so hungry.

In a related note, if I were Belle in Beauty and the Beast the movie would be over after the line “there goes the baker with his tray like always.”