Showing in Palace Cinemas around Melbourne
The Film Les Saveur du Palais (Haute Cuisine) is set between two juxtaposed landscapes; that of the cold, harsh Antarctic and the picturesque, elegant France. It encaptures the life a simple, country chef, Hortense Laborie, who is chosen to be the private cook for the chef d’état, Francois Mitterand. She is plucked from her rural setting and placed in the harsh, competitive scene of the kitchens of the Palais d’Elysée where she seduces the president through her true and inspired cooking, but must overcome judgement and harsh criticism from the other chefs.
It is a film to make you salivate profusely. All forms of delicious French gastronomy are placed before your hungry eyes. The famous cake portrayed in the film, the Saint-Honoré, is a magnificent round-based cake on which sits profiteroles filled with cream, dipped in caramelised sugar, finished with delicate whipped cream. A feast for the senses.
A group of tutors and students of Ça Bouge enjoyed this delightful film together today, celebrating the 2013 French Film Festival. It is a fabulous time of the year where all can enjoy the brilliance of French cinema. The Melbourne French Film Festival runs from 6 – 24 March, and is not to be missed!
Do you love French food, cinema, cooking and study French? One piece of advice that I always offer my students is to involve themselves in French culture. It is not worth wasting time doing things in English, when you could be watching or cooking French culture!
I therefore place before you, a list of films which highlight French cuisine. Have your own French film session for some fine inspiration!
- La Grande Bouffe (The Big Feast)
- Comme un Chef
- Au Petit Marguery
- Le Fils de L’épicier (The Grocer’s Son)
- L’Aile ou la Cuisse (The Wing and the Thigh)
- Ratatouille (you can find the French version)
- Chocolat (in English)
- Julie and Julia (in English)
- Food Inc.
- Nos Enfants Nous Accuseront (Food Beware)
- Babette’s Feast (in Danish)
Feel like cooking French haute cuisine? Here are a few suggestions…
1.The SBS series, French Food Safari, has episodes which you can watch (in English)
2.If you were inspired by the film Julie and Julia, the cookbook by the original Julia Child, Louisette Berthole and Simone Beck, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is a sort of French cooking bible. It is beautifully arranged to describe even the basics of French cooking to help you immerse into haute cuisine.
3.My favourite French cookbook, whose recipe’s work every time, is The Food of France by Maria Villegas and Sarah Randell. This beautiful recipe book contains easy to follow recipes.
4.Why not try one of the best-selling books by author, Olivier Mangy. He has a light and humorous writing style with books in French and English.
5.I found this interesting segment on the troubles in France (in French), and the comparison with Australia. Jobs and travelling to find success:
If you have any personal suggestions that you would like to add, please comment below. We would love you to participate in our food conversation!
1. Les Saveurs du Palais bande-annonce (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpC3VMkYUxA)
2. Macaron cake (http://www.alifewortheating.com/paris/laduree-revisited)