Eat Pray Love

#9 Eat Pray Love
Everyone’s heard of this film and the book it’s based on, but not everyone will agree that it should be on this list. (I’m cool with that – everyone’s got an opinion.) It’s here, however, for one reason: a one-minute scene that begins with Liz (Julia Roberts) sitting in the courtyard patio of a restaurant in Italy – replete, of course, with tiled floor, nearby fountains, and green vines clinging to the aged restaurant’s walls – and watching two young lovers touch and kiss one another. Fresh off a divorce and traveling the globe to rediscover herself, Liz renders a sly smile when presented with a sensuous plate of spaghetti. She surveys the neighboring tables to see who might be looking and then dives in. We watch as she twirls, slurps, and swallows each delectable forkful of the forbidden fruit, and feel – almost – as satisfied as she does when the last bite is done. It’s food as metaphor; for love, for longing, and for finding, understanding, and accepting yourself exactly as you are. 

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Amanda Cargill, Food Content Director, Latina Media Ventures, LLC

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on Latina.com and TheLatinKitchen.com. She is an avid writer, traveler, reader, runner and eater.