In recent Indian blockbuster The Lunchbox, a lonely Indian housewife finds friendship through tikka masala and panak paneer after realising the daily dabbawala (lunch) she packs for her husband is being delivered to the wrong man.
A good-willed truck driver helps single mother, Tampopo, turn her penniless roadside diner into a popular noodle restaurant. Enjoy this spaghetti, nay ramen, Western with a bowl of sweet corn and leek noodle soup.
A Japanese documentary about the world’s oldest three Michelin-starred chef, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is best watched with a bucket of rice, sheets of nori and a plate of fresh ingredients. Check out Adam Liaw’s hand-rolled sushi recipe here.
In Babette’s Feast, an elegant Parisian curiously becomes a maid for two religiously-brainwashed sisters. After winning the lottery, she prepares a sumptuous dinner of foie gras, turtle soup and Champagne. For your own taste of luxury, try Gabriel Gaté’s quail with grapes and chestnuts.
Food truck fable Chef tells the story of a disillusioned cook who breaks away from the restaurant business to follow his culinary dream. Savour this light-hearted flick one fried masa tartlet at a time.
Two Italian brothers, now living in America, struggle to keep their restaurant afloat. For a Big Night, serve the slapstick comedy with ricotta and vegetable pasta from the main characters’ homeland, Abruzzo. Recipe and image from Silvia's Cucina.
Waiter (Ober) is a Dutch black comedy about a restaurant attendant whose luckless life is actually the creation of a slightly sadistic writer. Sweeten up the serious bits with a slice of Limburger cherry flan.
In the animated hit Ratatouille, Remy the rat teams up with a garbage boy to pursue his culinary dreams in a rodent-phobic industry. Tuck into this vegetarian namesake, from Taste le Tour served with lemon chantilly, for an extra dose of Frenchness.
A film about wine and love, Sideways follows writer Miles on his mid-life crisis road trip around California’s vineyards. Accompany the poetic, screwball comedy with an unruly glass of red and this roast duck with mulberry molasses and pinot noir from Destination Flavour.
A young, down-on-his-luck restauranteur teams up with his ex-con brother and an elitist chef to transform his grease joint into a bona fide Soul Kitchen. Adopt an a la carte approach to diner fare, with these fish fingers from Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz.
Turning gender stereotypes on their head, Mediterranean Food tells the story of Sofia, a world class chef with a passion for cooking, and the two men in her life – husband Toni and lover-slash-culinary-mentor Alfonso. For the supreme Spanish combo, pair this film with smoky chilli popcorn and chorizo chips.