Friday, January 11, 2013

Les Saveurs du Palais: A Movie Suggestion

Good Morning and a happy Friday to you. In a few more hours we will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the weekend. Hopefully...

Photo taken by Pine Cones and Acorns

What are your plans for the weekend? I know that many of you, like myself, enjoy watching movies on the weekend. If you would allow me I would like to make a recommendation. 

The movie is called Les Saveurs du Palais in France and here in the States  it is called Haute Cuisine. If you are a Francophile,  a gourmand, or just like a good movie than I think you will enjoy it. 

Image from Inspiring the Everyday

The film is based on the real life experience of Daniele Delpeuch, a provincial chef, farm and restaurant owner who is summoned to the Elysee Palace to be the personal chef of President Francoise Mitterrand.

Image from A Cup of Joe taken by Jamie Beck

I watched this recently on my plane to Paris and I loved every minute! In the movie Daniele is called Hortense and Francoise Mitterand is The President. After his reelection Mitterand requests a chef that can "cook like his grandmother." 

Image from Wistfully Country

Hortense accepts the job and we see her trials and triumphs as she prepares sumptuous yet "simple country fare" for the President. 

Image Heather Bullard

I personally think that the food is another character in the movie, it is unbelievable, from menu planning to the raw ingredients, and finally to the table, each meal is a work of art. 

I do not want to give any more of the movie away but I will say it is a feast for the eyes.

If you have already seen this movie I would love to hear your thoughts. OR if you have another movie suggestion I am all ears.

I hope you have a great weekend. Enjoy!

If you would like to know more about the interesting life of  Daniele Delpeuch there is a great article in the NY Times.


  1. I can't wait to see this... hopefully this weekend... Enjoy yours... xv

  2. Hello Elizabeth:
    This film really does sound most appealing and we are certain, from all that you say, that it is visually very tempting indeed. We shall definitely look out for it, possibly on DVD.

    Also on a food theme, and a favourite of ours, is 'Babette's Feast'.

    1. Jane and Lance, I think you would love the film! I too love Babettes Feast! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Sounds great Elizabeth, thank you! Food and France.. what could be better? :) Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Leslie, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! You are so right, food and France nothing better!

  4. Hi Elizabeth - this looks like a great movie...your pictures are making me very, very hungry!!

    Have a wonderful weekend! xoxoxo

    1. Hello! I hope you have a wonderful weekend also. These photos made me hungry too! I love the look of them.

  5. Oh, it is so wonderful to be back here, dear friend!!
    I have missed visiting you so much...
    Thank you for your kind wishes, I am still coughing...trying to rest up and drink tons of tea with honey...
    I hope you received my e-mail, yes??
    Cannot thank you enough for your thrilling surprise!
    I am saving the Parisian tea for when my senses are back to normal, but I have been feasting my eyes and imagination on the cookbook...fantastic.
    This film looks wonderful...and those food images! Those tarts are unbelievable.
    Love your photo of the fountain....was it designed my Miro, I can't remember...
    And how are you doing????
    Wishing you a most relaxing and beautiful weekend, dear Elizabeth!!
    Much love,
    - Irina

    1. I hope you are feeling better! I am well and having a wonderful weekend! Take care and enjoy the film.

  6. Good morning precious one! First of all, I want to thank you for your wonderful comment on my post. If I could just keep a daily diet of POETRY going into my mind, I could probably write better posts more often! It is encouraging to hear that this post was your favorite.

    NOW FOR THIS MOVIE....I must see it. I collect French films and I adore the French. I am actually late in coming here because I was subbing in a French class yesterday! LOVE EVERY MOMENT OF IT!

    Have a super day my dear, Anita

    1. YOu will love it! I promise! Have a beautiful day dear friend.

  7. I'm about ready to leave for the grocery store and will pick this up for this afternoon. Thanks for the suggestion Elizabeth and enjoy your weekend!


    1. Debra, this is a beautiful movie. Very interesting to see the love and extensive prep work for these meals.

  8. I am definitely going to watch this! Right up my alley, also a fellow francophile...and food, absolutely love it! Thanks for the suggestion, hopefully netflix has it. Have a great weekend Elizabeth!

    1. Tina this is a great movie, I hope you like it! Enjoy the weekend.

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