Forget about setting the salt shaker on your TV tray. The big fat tears rolling down your cheeks will scratch out any need for table salt. I’ve been feeling like Tita in “Como agua para chocolate,” seasoning my food with my sorrows, ever since I first heard the news that legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from movie-making. Miyazaki’s filmography includes visually stunning and heart-achingly sweet animated works like “Spirited Away,” “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.” With a deft and subtle hand, Miyazaki instilled poignant messages into his movies, and with a still deft and subtle hand, he inspired my trip to Famima! for onigiri after watching Chihiro weep into one of the stuffed rice cakes. I invite you to follow suit and sink your heartache and your teeth into these Ghibli-appropriate recipes as you bemoan the retirement of a genius.
Click here for food in film Miyazaki pairings via Food Riot