One of the joys of no longer owning a 7 day business is being able to go to an afternoon movie session on the weekend. Today we took advantage and did just that. Food movies are always on the to do list, and today we got to see The Hundred-Foot Journey. It reinforced for me the amazing pride and how serious the French are about their food. The food markets of France are colourful, beautifully presented and abundant, a feast for the eyes.
In May this year we did a walking tour through the Pyrenees and were amazed at the quality of the food we experienced in our humble accommodation along the way in the most remote areas. We have been to France a few times (very fortunate), a favourite spot for the pure love of food and the food markets, oh and of course the wine!
The movie is about an Indian family setting up a restaurant opposite a Michelin Stared French Restaurant in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. I learnt today that there are five mother sauces of French cuisine, Sauce Tomat, Bechamel, Veloute, Espagnole and Hollandaise. So one must master these five sauces as the basics for French cooking. "Five mother sauces. You must find them in your heart. Then, bring them to your pots. That's the secret."
A great foodie experience is about the visual, the taste, the people you share it with, the celebrations, the environment and so much more. So for me the most poignant quote from the movie was "Food is memories."
If you love France, food and a feel good story, pop this film on your to see list.