Cooking with the Movies

Meals on Reels

by Anthony F. Chiffolo and Rayner W. Hesse, Jr.


What were Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet really eating in Titanic? Where can one find recipes for the life-changing delicacies featured in Chocolat or Like Water for Chocolate? Even if you weren't on the set with Kate or Leo or Johnny, you can enjoy some of the same sumptuous feasts and intriguing cuisines as your favorite movie characters.

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August 2010


Pages 277
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Popular Culture/Film
  World History/Culture

Cooking with the Movies enables readers to recreate the fabulous meals depicted in 14 all-time favorite "food" films.

Food has always been a key ingredient on the big screen, yet no book has ever been devoted to recreating the meals served in famous films. Now, for film buffs—and anyone else whose mouth has watered over on-screen culinary delights—there is the delicious Cooking with the Movies: Meals on Reels.

Cooking with the Movies recreates featured meals from 14 noted films—including Babette's Feast, Big Night, Chocolat, Goodfellas, Tampopo, Titanic, and Tortilla Soup—that span a wide range of cuisines and cultures, from French to Mexican to Japanese. Each chapter provides the menu and full recipes for preparing and cooking the dishes depicted on screen, with photos of how each can be served. Along with precise directions, the authors analyze the importance of the foods served and the context of the meals in the storyline of the film. Illuminated with plot summaries, dialogue from the movies, and, when possible, interviews with actors or directors, Cooking with the Movies provides fascinating behind-the-scenes insights for "foodies" and film buffs alike. More information is available at


  • Recipes allow readers to recreate food from the movies
  • Illustrations include stills from the movies, as well as photos of each dish
  • Numerous sidebars highlight "fun facts" and other entertaining information


  • Features hundreds of recipes for dishes that appear in 14 well-known films
  • Discusses how food illuminates the characters and conflicts and advances the storyline of each film
  • Covers a wide range of cuisines including French (several varieties); Italian (several varieties/regions); Mexican; Vietnamese; Japanese; Soul Food/Southern; English aristocracy; German bistro; high-end American dinner fare
Author Info

Anthony F. Chiffolo is editorial director, Print at ABC-CLIO. He is coauthor of Cooking with the Bible: Recipes for Biblical Meals; Cooking with the Bible: Biblical Food, Feasts, and Lore; and We Thank You, God, for These: Blessings and Prayers for Family Pets. He is also author of 100 Names of Mary: Stories and Prayers; Advent and Christmas with the Saints; Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Padre Pio; and he has edited a number of other books. He received his MA from St. John's College, Annapolis, MD. His websites are,, and

Rayner W. Hesse, Jr., is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in New Rochelle, NY, and the author of Cooking with the Bible: Recipes for Biblical Meals and Jewelrymaking through History: An Encyclopedia. He is also coauthor of We Thank You, God, for These: Blessings and Prayers for Family Pets, with Anthony F. Chiffolo. He began his career singing cabaret in New York City and performing in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway stage productions; directed a theater company, The Hartsdale Players, for ten years; and is a former member of the American Film Institute. He received his DMin from The New York Theological Seminary.



"A film enthusiast's delight and thoroughly kitchen-cook friendly, Cooking with the Movies: Meals on Reels is especially recommended for film buff culinary shelves and community library cookbook collections."Midwest Book Review


"I had such fun reading this book!"—Frances Sternhagen, Actress

"Anthony Chiffolo and Rayner Hesse have again produced a most unusual -- and very special -- work. I've always detected an almost spiritual quality to anything which proceeds from their bright, fertile, sensitive souls, and Cooking with the Movies: Meals on Reels doesn't disappoint. As you read of these legendary repasts and savor the classic meals which are part of the lexicon of our silver screen, we get an instantly satisfying flash of deja-vu. And how sweet it is to revisit these memorable meals and sit at the table once more with the screen immortals of our past."—Sirio Maccioni, award-winning Restaurateur and Proprietor of Le Cirque and Osteria del Circo restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Mexico City, and Casa de Campo; author of Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque

"On many a night, the set of Goodfellas was enveloped in mouth-watering smells coming from the prop truck as Mrs. Scorsese (Marty's mother) miraculously created the dishes offered in this book! The shooting crew stood around patiently as the actors were filmed wolfing down her culinary masterpieces. When the scene was completed, we all got to eat some! Now that's the way to make a movie!"—Kristi Zea, Production Designer, Goodfellas

"I'm not sure who'll be more ecstatic with this wonderful book: the ambitious home cook or the film buff! A unique concept, impeccably worked out."—David Rosengarten, Editor-in-Chief, The Rosengarten Report

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