Buttered noodles, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese – they’re the stuff of culinary legend for many of our favorite picky eaters.
But here’s the thing: Kids love a good power trip like you love going to the bathroom without a toddler busting down the door. Many kids secretly do like all the spices and green leafies and pretty much everything else you beg them to try. They just don’t want to eat any of it because you want them to.
So trick them. Er, encourage them to expand their palates by viewing some seriously savory movies about adventures with food. The choices are bountiful and infinitely delicious, so we narrowed it down to these five options (six if you're including a sequel).
A young culinary talent moves from India to the south of France to follow his father’s dream of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside. But when he discovers his father has chosen a spot just opposite a Michelin-starred establishment serving haute cuisine, hijinks ensue. It turns out the icy proprietress doesn’t want masala anywhere near her marjoram. Nonetheless, rivals and recipes will eventually come together, and along the way, young eaters can feast their eyes on drool-worthy dishes that will have you hoping the movie comes with a companion cookbook once it’s released on DVD. Trust me.
It might be animated, but somehow the food in this country-mouse-meets-city-chef film manages to indulge the senses all the same. Heavy Gallic shrugs, physical comedy and everything from gourmet greats to simple comfort foods pepper this deliciously action-packed film, reminding even the littlest gourmands that “everyone can cook.” They say getting kids in the kitchen inspires them to eat through ingredient experimentation, so get cooking! (It’s worked at our house.)
Beauty and the Beast
Anytime a singing candelabra offers you a culinary cabaret, you have to eat it. Besides, the gray stuff is delicious. Not to mention the beef ragout, cheese soufflé and pie and pudding en flambé.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1 and 2 of course)
Get ready for an endless serving of something even more delicious than usual. Inspired by the children’s book, this film (and the inventive sequel) are all about a town where food falls from the sky like rain. Veggie showers? Spaghetti storms? Done and done. Don’t even get me started on the sentient food beasts in Cloudy II. Darling and delicious!
There are only three words that are important here: chocolate, chocolate and chocolate. No, really. This delightful cinematic creation turned visual confection is about a plucky mother-daughter duo that opens a quaint chocolaterie in an uptight French town. This one will win over even the pickiest eaters, especially when they realize how versatile chocolate can be in a number of sweet and savory dishes. There’s more to life than M&Ms. That’s all I’m saying. (What’s more, this film was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who also directed The 100-Foot Journey, so you know it’s going to be a filmtastic feast.)