Forbidden Fruit: Chocolat

Few things can stir up strong emotions in us like food can. The rush of nostalgia and the lump you get in your throat when you eat something that resembles your mother’s cooking? Ever found the world to be a little less intimidating after a plate or two of pizza, pasta, or even a bowl…

Food Films: Rosogolla

There probably isn’t any other Indian sweet as iconic as the Rosogolla. These soft, melt-in-your-mouth spongy orbs of chhena or curdled milk soaked in a sweet sugar syrup continue to be an eternal favourite even today. They have even given rise to legendary wars – of both Indian states of West Bengal & Odisha claiming…

Breaking Barriers, Crossing Borders: Julie and Julia

There’s something about good food – it cuts across every conceivable barrier to unite people. And this is exactly what happens in the 2009 film Julie and Julia, an ode to the connective power of food, uniting two women from vastly different eras and backgrounds. Julie and Julia is a true story that is portrayed…

Food films: Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana

Up next in my Food Films series is a 2012 release Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, starring Kunal Kapoor and Huma Qureshi in the lead roles. A rare Hindi film that I have liked, and what’s more, it has a predominantly culinary theme. We’ve all heard about coveted family recipes – a secret pickle or…

Food films: Ratatouille

Food is something very close to my heart. And a film with a culinary-themed story always appeals to me. One of my favorite in this genre is the 2007 Disney Pixar production Ratatouille. It revolves around a very unlikely character – a pint-sized but ambitious sewer rat Rémy (named, very ingeniously, after a brand of…