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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Catholic Cuisine: Babette's Feast (Movie Recommendation)

I'd like to give a shout-out to a newly discovered blog, Catholic Cuisine.  Naturally as someone concerned with living a Catholic life in tune with the Liturgical Year, I quickly found this blog to be a true gem worthy of bookmarking.  With recipes for everything from First Class feasts to Lenten ferias (and everything in between), I can see the great value in this blog.

This blog helps us create a Catholic ethos in our daily lives.  Meals are meant to be times of celebration and community while linked to the Catholic Liturgical Year.  Unlike the protestant view of meals of "having it your way," (which is personified in fast food), Catholic meals are concerned with order, balance, nutrition, and enriching of the spirit.  The order in table etiquette and manners and the symmetrical order in table setting all tend to the greater order and glory in the created world.

I'd like to recommend, on this same subject, the movie "Babette's Feast."  As Fisheaters explains in regards to the movie, "A sumptuous, visually rich movie that is, on the surface, about a French Catholic woman who flees to Denmark after her husband and son were killed. There, she works as a domestic for two aging Protestant sisters and ends up winning the lottery. Then, after fourteen years of cooking Danish foods in a Puritan style as the sisters instructed, she uses her winnings and skills to prepares a French feast for twelve (undoubtedly not a coincidental number) -- a meal that changes their lives.

"On a deeper level, the movie is about everything from sacrifice, the roads not taken, the mind-body connection, unrequited and uncosummated love, the contrast between the Protestant and Catholic views of the temporal world [especially on food]..."


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