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Between Bonita Applebum, Butter and the Jam, hip-hop titans A Tribe Called Quest don’t hesitate to pay a gastronomic tribute. On Ham’n’Eggs, floating like croutons on languorous beat soup, Q-Tip and Phife Dawg tie gourmet punchlines like cherry stalks, extolling the virtues of candied yams, slim jims and “nice red beets” as if to concoct a great Sunday brunch in the great American South. They might warn of high cholesterol, but it has the opposite effect. if you’re not raiding the closets by his call-and-response closure, you’ve got much better self-control than we do. jenessa williams


Umami dreamer… obsessed with ramen Ivan Orkin. Photography: Geoff Johnson/Netflix

From “crack pies” in New York to onion pakoda in Bangkok, Chef’s table is a journey through the cuisines, food traditions and obsessions of chefs from different continents. Each episode follows a new leader in detail; you can meet the “master of umami” Ivan Orkin, whose ramen you can taste through the screen, then dive into the crazy world of dough-obsessed “mozzarella maven” Nancy Silverton. It’s the personal stories that really make the series – scenes of innovative and mouth-watering food mixed with harrowing tales of psychological breakdown, destruction of property and loss of homes, but also inspiring social advocacy for undocumented migrants, women in the workplace and conservation efforts. Jason Okundaye

The cover of Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen
Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen.


After fleeing the repression of the Paris commune in 1871, Babette finds herself a servant in a small Norwegian town, Babette’s Feast, Karen Blixen’s novel written as Isak Dinesen, serving stark dishes of codfish and soup to the Puritan daughters of a local minister. But when she wins the French lottery, Babette uses the funds to demonstrate her true artistry. She prepares a feast for the repressed siblings and their friends, providing them with the finest food and wine known to mankind. But it’s not just Blixen’s descriptions of food and drink that make you hungry – it’s the pride Babette takes in creating them. Food for the heart as well as the stomach. Sam Jordan


White ceramic bowl by Fede Galizia with red and blue peaches and plums.
White ceramic bowl by Fede Galizia with red and blue peaches and plums. Photography: Aliyah

You almost believe you could eat this fruit. Fede Galizia, a late Renaissance Milanese woman painter specializing in still life, gives peaches not just a deep sensual color, but a hairy texture that tickles the taste buds, a rounded mass that makes you feel their weight when you touch them. take one and take one bite… then try the plums. The ancient Greek artist Zeuxis is said to have tricked birds into trying to eat his painted fruit. Galizia rivals him. She shares this gift with her contemporary Caravaggio but her fruit is always on the verge of rotting, while hers is a virtual merry feast. jonathan jones


Mouth-watering Stuff - Eat Drink Man Woman
Mouth-watering stuff… Eat Drink Man Woman. Photography: Ronald Grant

Buns are steamed, pork braised and a single expertly sliced ​​red pepper in the opening scene of Ang Lee’s comedy eat drink man woman. Its opening lines are, aptly, “Have you eaten yet?” followed by an argument over the best way to cook the fish. Zhu is a semi-retired chef and widower living with three adult daughters in Taipei; one is considering moving out and isn’t sure how his father will handle the news. Food is a source of love and intrigue within the family, often filling in the gaps of the unsaid. He is also a character in his own right in a film; there are plans to whet the appetite in a family kitchen, a hectic restaurant kitchen and a bustling banquet hall. Lee, who would continue to do Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, said he wanted to “make a movie that makes the audience’s saliva grow”. He certainly succeeds. Rebecca Liu

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