Best Movie-Inspired Recipes
Oscar Nominee: Lincoln
Oscar Nominee: Frankenweenie
Tim Burton’s black-and-white animated ode to classic horror flicks follows the story of Victor and his beloved dog, Sparky. When Sparky is suddenly killed, Victor uses his scientific expertise to stitch the poor pooch back together and resurrect him à la Dr. Frankenstein. The mad geniuses in F&W’s test kitchen made their own frankenweenie: part BLT, part hot dog, all delicious.
Oscar Nominee: ParaNorman
As if being a young boy who can see ghosts isn’t bad enough, Norman becomes his town’s only hope when the dead rise from the ground and attack. Though Norman is too young to enjoy one of these high-proof zombie cocktails, the townspeople could have used a round or two after the harrowing experience.
Oscar Nominee: Django Unchained
In Quentin Tarantino’s pre-Civil War era western, a tense, suspenseful meal at the plantation of Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) ends with white cake, a classic American dessert made without egg yolks. This ultramoist coconut layer cake, which is also made with just egg whites, would ease the tension in any room with its pudding-like texture and tropical flavors.
Oscar Nominee: Life of Pi
This visually stunning movie follows the journey of two unlikely partners: Pi (a human) and Richard Parker (a tiger). Marooned on a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean and near starvation, the duo suddenly faces a shower of flying fish, and manages to secure one giant tuna. With just a few more ingredients, Pi could have made Emeril Lagasse’s fresh tuna and butter lettuce wraps with tart ponzu sauce.
Oscar Nominee: Amour
Oscar Nominee: Beasts of the Southern Wild
The incredible film about an off-the-grid community living in the Louisiana bayou stars Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest-ever Oscar nominee. In the movie, Hushpuppy (Wallis) lives with her father, who grills a chicken every day for their meal. This easy Louisiana-inspired chicken-and-okra gumbo uses store-bought rotisserie chicken and Cajun seasoning.
Oscar Nominee: Silver Linings Playbook
In the quirky, romantic dark comedy, the bipolar Pat (Bradley Cooper) orders Raisin Bran for dinner in a diner with the grieving Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). When asked why, he answers, “I ordered Raisin Bran because I didn’t want there to be any mistaking it for a date.” To which Tiffany counters, “It can still be a date if you order Raisin Bran.” This three-grain cereal may not be date-appropriate but it is definitely for date lovers. The recipe calls for Medjool dates, which add natural sweetness.
Oscar Nominee: The Pirates! Band of Misfits
More than looting, treasure hunting and making people walk the plank, this group of lovable Claymation pirates loves Ham Night. It comes with a banner, spicy mustard, mugs of ale and a freshly roasted glazed ham. While F&W doesn’t endorse piracy, Ham Night sounds like a great idea. This smoky glazed version is served with a terrific, spicy red pepper jelly.
Oscar Nominee: Wreck-It Ralph
In this whimsical, arcade-inspired Disney movie, Wreck-It Ralph is a bad guy who wants to go good. He sneaks out of his game, Fix-It Felix, Jr., and into a candy-coated kart racing one called Sugar Rush. The virtual world is ruled by King Candy. In F&W’s world there is only a queen of candy: Momofuku pastry chef Christina Tosi. Here, her amazing snack mix made with salty pretzels and chopped candy bars.
Oscar Nominee: Brave
Pixar’s latest epic is set in the Scottish Highlands where Merida, a fiery redheaded princess, must save her family from a curse. That’s hard work for a young girl, even with the help of her identical triplet brothers. This hearty Scottish beef stew would satisfy the most ravenous appetites.
Oscar Nominee: Argo
Based on the true story of the rescue of six US diplomats from Tehran, Iran, Argo received seven nominations including best screenplay, best picture and best actor in a supporting roll. Though director Ben Affleck’s snub came as a shock to many, fans of the film can still show support by serving this delicious Persian flatbread alongside the Oscar-party dips.
Oscar Nominee: Zero Dark Thirty
Oscar Nominee: Les Misérables
The film adaptation of the powerful, epic musical begins when Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman is released from prison, after serving 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread. Instead of setting foot in a bakery to prep for a viewing party, hosts can make this wonderfully tangy rye bread that’s healthful and a staff favorite.