|Tortilla Soup (2001)—an Hispanic take on Eat Drink, set in Los Angeles, with Hector Elizondo heading the family|
|Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant—Anne Tyler's novel about a messed-up family and one son's vision of a restaurant that serves people what they need, not what they order|
kids twelve and under
|In The Corrections, Enid's Dinner of Revenge leaves her six-year old son Chip at the dinner table for hours, unable to bring himself to finish his plate of cold, mashed rutabaga, boiled beet greens, and fried liver|
|Scout's exclamation, "But he's gone and drowned his dinner in syrup," when little Walter Cunningham comes to dinner in To Kill a Mockingbird|
|Tom Hanks reacts to his first taste of caviar in Big (1988)|
|The Butter Battle Book, by Dr. Seuss|
|James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl|
|Stone Soup, by Heather Forest|
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle|
MODELL (to Eddie): What's that, roast beef?|
EDDIE: Don't ask me this anymore, Modell. Yes.
MODELL: Gonna finish that?
EDDIE: Yeah, I'm gonna finish it. I paid for it; I'm not going to give it to you.
MODELL: Because if you're not gonna finish it, I would eat it...but if you're gonna eat it—
EDDIE: What do you want?! Say the words.
MODELL: No,...if you're gonna eat it, you eat; that's all right.
EDDIE: Say the words: "I want the roast-beef sandwich." Say the words, and I'll give you a piece.
when adults eat
|"Gonna finish that?" Modell's mooching in Diner|
|Clemenza teaches Michael Corleone how to cook spaghetti before Michael leaves to avenge the attack on his father in The Godfather (1972)|
|The deli scene in When Harry Met Sally (1989)|
|Dinner at Eight—one day leading up to a NYC society dinner—1933 film classic starring John and Lionel Barrymore, Jean Harlow, and the Good Witch, Billie Burke, based on a play by Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman (which is currently enjoying a revival at Lincoln Center)|
|Jack Nicholson makes a special request of the waitress in Five Easy Pieces (1970)—"Now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, charge me for the sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules."|
|Babette's Feast (1987)—French maid blows her inheritance on one last beautiful meal for two Danish sisters |
|Tampopo (1985)—elevates slurping into an art|
love and death
|Tom Jones (1963)—Albert Finney gnaws on a turkey leg in an intriguing seduction scene|
|Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)—don't taste the gazpacho|
|Heartburn—Nora Ephron's semi-autobiographical novel about a food writer's marriage breakup|
|Like Water for Chocolate—Laura Esquivel's novel explores the magic of food and love|
|The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989)—never kill your wife's lover unless you expect to eat him, too|
|Little Shop of Horrors—Audrey gets hungry|