Favorite film scenes with food, USA Today

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USA Today asked readers, what are your favorite food scenes in a movie. What are yours?

Whitney Matheson who writes for the news site's Pop Candy got interesting responses from those who took the time to answer the question.

She chose two winners. One was a scene from "Fried Green Tomatoes" and the other from "Hook". Links to the scenes are posted below.

It made me begin to think about movies I love, and what my mind goes to when I ask myself that same question. What I discovered is that in some instances, the reason I love the film is directly related to how it portrays people eating food or preparing it.

The film doesn't have to make food the center of action, but enough of the scenes are rooted in food for me to fall in love. Here are a few of my choices.

Under the Tuscan Sun

Diane Lane headlines this 2003 movie and as a recent loser in the game of love, she hightails it to Italy and buys a villa. It needs major renovations and the crew she hires becomes a fixture in her life for a long time. The character cooks meals for them and they become like a family. The food prepared and consumed is lovingly shot, making you salivate.

Ocean's Eleven

Don't scoff until you've heard my reasoning. Brad Pitt, who looks pretty damn good in the film plays Rusty, one half the duo alongside Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, that pulls off multimillion dollar heists. Rusty is forever consuming food, unless he's actually pulling off a job. He snacks constantly and if he doesn't have a plate with a knife and fork, he uses his fingers. It's fascinating and frankly sexy. Just me, of course.

The Godfather

You'd think this would be obvious, but many fans of the iconic film just focus on the gangster scenes or the famous scripted lines like, "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer." Yet, there is a great scene when the family has "gone to the mattresses" in the midst of a gang war. Clemenza, a top lieutenant teaches young Michael Corleone how to make spaghetti with meat sauce. It's a classic.

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