The spooky season is upon us and after you’ve carved your pumpkins, strung (fake) spider webs and collected a massive array of king-size candy, it’s time to curl up on the couch and indulge in the cozy food media of October.
This month my Bon Appétit colleagues and I compiled the leisurely food content we love, including TV shows, movies, YouTube videos, podcasts, and TikTok videos. We’ve watched witches brew potions Hocus pocus 2and watch food-filled classics like new spirited awayand listening to feel-good podcasts like Ruthie’s table 4. So grab some hot cocoa and kettle corn and thank us later.
Hocus pocus 2
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a food movie, but like any other ’90s kid, I was excited to see the return of the Sanderson sisters. While eating souls to stay young isn’t exactly realistic, the sequel is peppered with some delicious food and food-related moments. Will Mayor Traske ever get his candy apple? Why are the witches running amok at a Walgreens eating beauty products? (It’s a nod to a scene cut from the original 1993 film with the witches in a grocery store.) It’s the kind of film that makes you want to mix candy with your popcorn, make a “potion.” make and get into Halloween season. —Urmila Ramakrishnan, Deputy Director of Social Media
Ruthie’s table 4
I listened to the podcast Ruthie’s table 4 by Ruthie Rodgers, chef and owner of the River Café, in which she interviews her customers-turned-friends. She brings a level of intimacy to the eating, cooking and eating that is so rarely found in celebrity interviews. I feel so comfortable listening like I’m chatting at the dinner table. It’s the same podcast that’s responsible for this the sultry Austin Butler meme where he reads a recipe for grilled white peaches with amaretto. need i say more —Yoshivel Chirinos, Bon Appétit Associate Video Producer
last summer, spirited away celebrated its 20th anniversary. After ten minutes of panicking – because I’m getting old – I decided to watch it again. Twenty years later, the Studio Ghibli classic still dazzles. While the film has no shortage of action-packed scenes (No-Face, which devours several feasts’ worth of food, remains one of my all-time favorites), it’s the quiet moments, like Chihiro tearfully biting into onigiri, that remind us of this , why Hayao Miyazaki is a master of his craft. During these scenes, time seems to stand still and you can just take a deep breath. To me, spirited away is the food equivalent of a warm hug. – Esra Erol, Senior Manager, Social Media
Great British Bake-Off
Here’s the deal – baking isn’t my favorite. But I like to watch Great British Bake-Off for the tips and tricks and I love the camaraderie in the tent. It’s so cute and makes the show. This season, the cast is a hilarious mix of talent and creativity: Janusz and Sandro cracking jokes in the back of the tent, Maxy seems to be the quiet, sweet talent keeping an eye on the finale, and Syabira brings interesting flavor combinations to the table . Of course, it’s worth paying attention to the season’s missteps too – just look at Mexico Week. —Mallary Santucci, Bon appetit culinary producer
The Raspberry Pie Recipe I Almost Couldn’t Master (Bon appétit)
Shilpa Uskokovic, BA Food Editor, watching her masterfully create her raspberry cream cake is nothing short of mesmerizing. Set to soothing music, Shilpa expertly narrates tight shots that focus on bowls of silky smooth batter, pillowy whipped cream and juicy raspberries. The end product — plush yellow cake with pastel pink frosting — is deeply satisfying and makes you hungry. I’ve watched this video no less than 5 times and this gorgeous cake truly lives rent free in my mind. —Li Goldstein, digital production assistant