A visual Feast

Today, we’ll be spending Thanksgiving at our friend’s home, so even though I baked a pie and some pecan squares to take with us, our house doesn’t smell like Thanksgiving.

Instead, as an appetizer, I’ve been watching this wonderful video essay by Matt Zoller Seitz: a compilation of food and cooking scenes from movies.

In Big Night, Stanley Tucci and Campbell Scott’s 1996 drama about two chef brothers cooking a one-of-a-kind dinner at their struggling Italian restaurant, there’s a moment where the siblings unveil their prize dish, timpano, a mix of meat, cheese, pasta, tomato sauce, and hardboiled eggs served inside a drum-shaped crust. The unveiling begins with an overhead shot of the brothers carefully lifting the chafing dish to reveal the timpano; at the sight of that buttery crust, the audience I saw it with collectively exhaled in pleasure and envy—a noise that was half sigh, half moan. We all wanted to be in that movie, in that restaurant, sitting at the brothers’ table as honored guests, knife and fork at the ready. Dear Lord, that food looked good.

To you and yours, we wish you a table laden with your favorite foods and surrounded by your favorite people, and all the time in the world to enjoy it all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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