We love food. Sometimes, we love it too much. What we eat is artful, nourishing, funny and repulsive. It can be sexy or a substitute for sex, a cause of war or its result. We worry about what’s in our food, where it came from, and how much harm was done in producing it. We obsess about dinner, snap photos of our amuse bouche, and cheer on dueling chefs.
In short, food is literally part of our DNA. Since the dawn of film, moviemakers across the globe have used food to tell stories in the form of documentaries, feature films, and even animation. Think of the silent film classic “The Gold Rush,” where Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp cooks a shoe for Thanksgiving dinner. Later, the Little Tramp’s hungry cabin mate hallucinates the Little Tramp as a giant chicken and chases him around in a cannibalistic delirium. Then, there’s Remy the rat and his dreams of becoming a great French chef in “Ratatouille” and Tampopo and her quest to make the perfect ramen.