Food in Film – Miyazaki Recipe Pairings by S. Zainab Williams

Totoro corn

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.

Tortilla Soup recipe via Screen to Table!

Tortilla Soup Poster

In Tortilla Soup food plays several roles. First, as Robin Balthrope writes in Reel Food, food represents ethnicity and culture. The opening scenes show the father character, Martin, grilling cactus and peppers, creating a colorful feast for his family. The chef in the film is the protector of tradition.