The Year of the Food Film: 10 Gastronomic Flicks to Look Out for This Summer

Chefs, bartenders, and brewers are taking over the big screen in 2013.

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Food has been heralded as the new rock, mashed up with conceptual art, and incorporated into the color-packed panels of comic books. So why can't food be the new blockbuster?

While film history is packed with food moments (they were even the theme of this year's James Beard Awards), they're usually set pieces in a broader narrative, with a truly food-forward movie (Ratatouille, Sideways) making its way into the spotlight only rarely. But this summer, a few big-name Hollywood types are taking this summer seem to be betting big on the viability of foodie culture on the big screen—including Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau, who awkwardly both have projects called Chef in the works right now.

Meanwhile, some intriguing foreign food films—one drawing inspiration from Ferran Adrià's El Bulli—are making waves, and there's a whole slew of gastronomically inclined documentaries—about wine, organic food, craft beer, and even cocktails—on the horizon. All in all, 2013 is shaping up to be a breakout year for the food flick—here are the 10 releases we're most intrigued to check out.

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