- Great Taste - 20140326 - Caroline M. Grant

Dinner RushIt was so much fun discussing food in films with Caroline M. Grant.  Caroline and her collaborator, Lisa Catherine Harper, are the editors of The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage, a fascinating book of diverse essays focussed on "true tales of food, family, and how we learn to eat."

Caroline is an avid movie lover so we spent the hour talking about some of our favorite films where food plays a role like Aing Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman and its Westernized counterpart, Tortilla SoupDinner Rush, The Big Night, Moonstruck, and others were part of the banter before time ran out.  We had many other films on our list, but I'm curious how the ones we ended up talking about fit in with your favorites.  Let me know.  Send your comments to greattaste@kruufm.com.

Carolne's kids also nominated their favorite food film.  The following excerpt is from a blog post she wrote several years ago: 

We are all about Fantastic Mr. Fox these days. Ben just finished reading the book in school, we loved the movie, we are singing the song and now — eating the cookies! It was Tony who recognized the familiar voice of Rabbit (Mario Batali) in the movie, Ben who kept talking about Mrs. Bean’s Famous Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps (and is the only one of us who can get all the modifiers in the proper order) and I was the one who thought to see if the recipe was available on-line. Of course it is. I have never made a cookie — or anything else for that matter — that I first saw in a movie (though I did once make a recipe off a bottle of shower gel) and while our cookies may not look as gorgeous as they do in the movie (because I’m no food stylist) they are deliciously chewy, gingery, appley — they’re fantastic!

Recipe Courtesy of Mario Batali

•    1 1/2 cups unsalted butter

•    2 cups light brown sugar

•    1/2 cup molasses

•    2 eggs

•    3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

•    2 teaspoons ground ginger

•    1 teaspoons ground nutmeg

•    2 teaspoons cinnamon

•    4 teaspoons baking soda

•    1 teaspoon salt

•    pinch of ground clove

•    3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated

•    1/2 cup candied ginger, finely chopped

•    1 ½ cups dried apple rings, coarsely chopped 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add molasses and eggs and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, clove and salt. Mix well with fork and add to butter mixture. Blend in fresh, candied ginger and dried apple pieces. Drop by teaspoonful onto parchment covered baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Place one whole apple ring in the center of each teaspoon. Bake about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool. Enjoy!