Quick Picks from CMCL

November 19, 2012

Off the Shelf: Tasty treats on DVD

As we head into the holidays, food becomes a big topic in our lives.  If you aren’t ready to spend time in the kitchen, or just need a break, here are some culinary treats for you to enjoy while you put your feet up.

 Julie and Julia

Two great stories, side-by-side.  Julie Powell’s personal challenge to cook her way through Julia Child’s book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year parallels Julia Child’s personal story about her life and love of French food.  Full of yummy delights, this film may inspire you.

No Reservations

This sweet and romantic movie features Catherine Zeta-Jones as a chef whose life bubbles out of control with the arrival of her niece and a new sous chef played by Aaron Eckhart.  All the ingredients for a perfect romantic comedy! No Reservations is an American remake of the equally delightful German film Mostly Martha.

Kings of Pastry

A riveting documentary about contestants in an intense 3-day culinary contest to earn one of the highest pastry chef honors in the world. Kings of Pastry rivals the drama, tension, and heartbreak of any scripted movie. The hopeful chefs face time constraints, constantly hovering judges, and immense pressure as each one races to make his confections the tastiest and most impressive.

Cheeni Kum

A famous chef is indignant when a woman sends a dish back to the kitchen saying it’s too sweet. When she returns the next day with her own rendition of the dish, their verbal sparring and dueling dishes soon blossom into potential romance. But how can it work when he is 6 years older than her dad? The incomparable Amitabh Bachchan stars as the grumpy, intractable chef, with the winsome Tabu as his spicy love interest. (In Hindi, with English subtitles.)

Jiro dreams of Sushi

85 year old Jiro is one of the world’s best Sushi Chefs.  His Tokyo restaurant has only 10 seats, is in an unlikely location and yet he has a 3 star Michelin rating.  This fascinating documentary is not just about the art of sushi but also family as Jiro’s sons both aspire to follow in their father’s footsteps.


This animated film features a rat who dreams of being a chef.  Can the impossible happen? Can a rat be a chef in Paris?  The movie is pure fun with lots of comic laughs for the whole family.

Need a little assistance in the kitchen?  How-to DVDs on cooking and baking topics are plentiful at Cedar Mill Community Library and throughout Washington County.  Cedar Mill’s collection includes episodes from America’s Test Kitchen and Good Eats with Alton Brown.  If there is a culinary topic you’d like to find on DVD, ask at the Reference Desk for help in finding it.

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