• Gabe Powers

Episode 23: Food-Themed Movies, feat. Kristine Fisher

TAKE A SEAT, PUT YOUR NAPKIN ON YOUR LAP, AND UNDO YOUR BELT – YOU’RE IN FOR A VERITABLE BANQUET OF MOVIES ABOUT FOOD!



Prepare yourself for the most mouthwatering, scrumptious, toothsome, and downright yummy episode of Genre Grinder yet. Gabe and returning guest/his significant other/food buddy, Kristine Fisher – who knows a thing or two about cooking – chow down on six courses of food-themed movies that mostly fit the concept of magical realism, including Jûzô Itami’s Tampopo (1985), Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast (Danish: Babettes gæstebud, 1987), Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Alfonso Aráu’s Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish: Como agua para chocolate, 1992), Stephen Chow’s The God of Cookery (1996), and Stanley Tucci & Campbell Scott’s Big Night (1996).


Please be aware that we recorded with two mics and it caused some weird crackly (thankfully not too loud) feedback to crop up every once in a while. I’ve done my best to mitigate the problem where I could and apologize for not fixing it during recording.


  • 00:00 – Intro, food documentaries, classic food scenes

  • 11:33 – Tampopo

  • 23:37 – Babette’s Feast

  • 36:19 – The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

  • 59:19 – Like Water for Chocolate

  • 1:12:30 – The God of Cookery

  • 1:28:05 – Big Night

  • 1:43:20 – Outro



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