Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving at the Movies

Celebrate Thanksgiving with this ode to food in film, from the master of the video essay, Matt Zoller Seitz.

MZS correctly recognizes that the preparation, presentation, and plating are just as important as the eating.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Anonymous said...

i disagree that preparation is as important as the actual eating, and i think such a sentiment has become cliched. sometimes people prefer decidedly unprofessional presentation since that accentuates the taste and may even make the eater pleasantly surprised. like mike tyson being really informal and messy and wild but still, at the end of the day, the most talented boxer. or reggie miller having an unfundamental shot which made his accuracy all the more impressive. of course, maybe it can be argued that ugly presentation is still presentation and its "camp" value has a positive influence on the taste, as opposed to its being simply a NON-factor.

Avi said...

@ Anonymous

I think we should clarify some terms. Preparation, in my mind, is the act of, well, preparing the food, whether this takes the form of slicing garlic with a razor or catching an escaped lobster in the kitchen. I find the experience of eating to be greatly enhanced by my involvement in this type of preparation. It's not just that I better understand the ingredients and the methods, giving me a greater appreciation of the interplay of flavors and tastes: investment in a project makes the payoff all the more significant.

I'm less adamant about the presentation, though I will defer here to Iron Chef America, which awards a full 10 points for plating.