Is there anything better than a Latin movie? Yes…One that has to do with Latin cooking! Cooking is part of our everyday life and if it’s good, it’s a true pleasure! this is why it’s often present in art,  from paintings to literature, from theater to movies. In movies we often see people eating, cooking, preparing feasts or even trying to make hard boiled eggs.

The truth is movies on occasions focuses on the art of cooking and in some of cases focuses on the most delicious cuisine,  ours,  the Latin cuisine!

Thinking about Hispanic Heritage month, it occurred to me to do a small compilation of movies packed with Latin flavored meals. Some are new and others are pretty old, but they are a ton of fun to watch over and over again!

1- Chef  

114 minutes – Comedy – May 30, 2014 (EE.UU.)

Director: Jon Favreau

Script: Jon Favreau

Actors: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo.

Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLuixZwiIdU

Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is a renowned chef who has lost his magic touch working with the same menu for years in a restaurant owned by Riva (Dustin Hoffman).  When he loses his job, he sets up a homemade Cuban food truck in search of new horizons without realizing this would be the key to renew his creativity and reconnect with his family. The three fundamental pieces of this movie is the power of technology, social networks for good or bad, and a love for cooking and the fellowship of father and son. A lovely yet simple story to be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

2- Like Water for Chocolate

114 minutes – Drama. Romance. Comedy | Melodrama. Magic realism. Epic Cooking- 1992 (México)

Director: Alfonso Arau

Script: Laura Esquivel (Novella: Laura Esquivel)

Actors: Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, Regina Torné, Ada Carrasco, Yareli Arizmendi, Mario Iván Martínez.

Watch trailer here: http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi998090265/

Like water for chocolate is based on the homonymous novel of Laurel Esquivel. It tells the story of forbidden love between two young people called Pedro (Marco Lonardi) and Tita (Lumi Cavazos) at the beginning of the 20th century en Mexico. The passion, desire, anguish, and frustrations of Tita are revealed in her dishes where her aromas and splendor is transformed into a reflection of herself. Beautiful movie for romantics only.

 

3-Tortilla Soup

103 min – Comedy | Romance | Drama – August 24, 2001 (EE.UU.)

Director: María Ripoll

Writers: Tom Musca, Ramón Menéndez, Vera Blasi

Actors: Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors, Tamara Mello

 

Watch trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTbf7cph4yI

Martin Naranjo (Héctor Elizondo) is a semi-retired Mexican-American chef and father of 3 adult daughters with whom he shares a house in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Despite having lost all sense of smell and pleasure for food after the death of his wife, he still cooks elaborate and delicious meals for his family and friends. The women’s outdated humor sometimes crosses path with their father but each one is looking for fulfillment outside the family circle.

The daughters, each with their own personality, enjoy the old fashioned ways of their father, while they all try to make a life away from home. Soon new love gives Martin Naranjo a second chance.