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

Amanda Cargill is the Food Content Director at Latina Media Ventures, where she oversees food- and spirits-related features in Latina Magazine and on and She has traveled extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Her work and travel have cultivated her palate and fostered a love of food and the stories it tells. She is also a former professional dancer who writes arts and entertainment reviews for domestic and international publications. Amanda received her BA in Sociology from UCLA.

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