The British TV movie Toast, based on the memoir by British food writer and cookbook author Nigel Slater, comes to the big screen in Atlanta tomorrow at the Midtown Art Cinema.
Making its debut in U.S. theaters this Fall, Toast details a string of Slater’s childhood memories, many relating to food. The film takes its name from the singular dish his mother could make without fail. And it was this dish his family ate regularly when her boiled-in-the-can dinners backfired.
This artfully filmed movie focuses heavily on Slater’s relationship with his parents, surprisingly transforming this foodie movie into something of a tearjerker. As the boy in the film grows into a teenager, his passion for food intensifies and serves as his escape from an unhappy family life.
Though his pleas to make cakes and pies and his attempts at making “exotic food” (spaghetti Bolognese) are met with parental resistance, Slater is undeterred. He moves from secretly salivating over cookbooks at night under the covers by flashlight to testing his chops in the kitchen first in a home economics class and later in a professional kitchen.
Toast presents a nostalgic look at childhood food memories with many relatable themes. Personally, I identified with Slater’s unyielding quest for the perfect lemon meringue pie recipe. But I’d bet the film will have us all reflecting on the development of our relationship with food.
The movie premieres in Atlanta tomorrow, Oct. 28 at the Midtown Art Cinema.
– by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog