What I Felt About Ratatouille, the Movie
Per @mkz's request.
- •So the first thing is that it never occurred to me to see this movie. I don't tend to be that into animation, so even though it was related to food, the previews didn't interest me that much.
- •On our seventh or eighth date, @evan made a reference to it which I totally missed."How are you a chef who has never seen "Ratatouille?! We must remedy this immediately!" I rolled my eyes.
- •So finally we made a dinner-and-a-movie date. I cooked risotto and we ate it in bowls on the couch while we watched.It occurred to me that maybe I should've actually cooked ratatouille.
- •The first thing I noticed is that Linguini looks exactly like a sommelier who works in fine dining in San Francisco.He's currently at Hakkasan downtown, if you want to see for yourself. It's absolutely uncanny.
- •It immediately seemed obvious that a rat would be a super-taster.Remember Templeton from "Charlotte's Web"?
- •I was impressed by the movie's depiction of Colette, the sous chef's struggle with sexism in a male-dominated kitchen.It seemed like the kind of thing a movie like this might choose to gloss over, and I liked that it didn't.
- •Loved the themes about learning to be your true self.
- •A world in which restaurants function like monarchies and have "rightful heirs" seems unrealistic, but ok, I'll buy in for the sake of the story.
- •The thing Colette says about the sound of the crust of bread is totally true.And, since seeing a movie, @evan has never not repeated that quote while holding a loaf of bread and tapping on its underside.
- •"Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can be great." - Chef GusteauTwo things I love about this: firstly, I truly believe that anyone can cook (if you think you can't, get yourself a copy of @molliekatzen's excellent "Get Cooking," and watch her videos on get-cooking.com). Secondly, this quote addresses another thing I truly believe, which is that you have to be brave and willing to take risks in the kitchen (and everywhere else, really). It's how you move from capable to great.