Take a scrumptious looking pie, put it on a movie poster along with the word Toast, add in Helena Bonham Carter to the starring credits, and voila, you’ve got my attention. Admittedly, I hadn’t heard of Nigel Slater prior to seeing the film, but all those above mentioned factors were tempting enough for me to add the movie to my Netflix streaming queue and then sit back and enjoy the show.
As with most movies that put food in the staring role, it’s hard not to work up or rather passively acquire an appetite while watching this one. A simple slice of toast slathered with butter may very well suffice for the first bite of the film, but sure enough, I was quickly craving home-cooked lavish Sunday suppers, and of course lemon meringue pie for dessert. Toast’s food stylist Katherine Tidy shared her Very Yellow Lemon Meringue Pie recipe for those who just might have the urge to whip one up. Working on movies such as Pride & Prejudice and Gosford Park, Tidy herself has what seems to be a sweet role in the film industry.
After watching Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger I was intrigued to learn more about “Britain’s best-loved cookery writers“. One tidbit I found was an interview with Nigel Slater by local San Francisco food blogger Cooking with Amy. The interview took place around the time the film was being released.
TOAST is the ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960’s Britain. Based on the heart-wrenchingly bittersweet story of food writer, Nigel Slater’s childhood, and set to the songs of Dusty Springfield, TOAST is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood. Nigel continues to hold on to the belief that making something delicious to eat for yourself or for others can lift the spirits in a way little else can.
Photos and movie details care of the official Toast movie site
For more about the film and Nigel Slater visit:
BBC Food Chefs Nigel Slater
Nigel Slater on the film of his life
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