= Kitchen Bewitching
Reviewer: The Rebecca Review.com
“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses
happiness.” ~Elsa Schiaparelli
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s softer side appears as she picks up
the batterie de cuisine and tackles saving a restaurant from
certain death. When it looks like Amanda’s career is about to
end as a chef, an angel appears in her life and gives her some
sage advice about looking for a door that will open when another
one closes. As the chef of a failing 70 year-old restaurant, the
Southern Cross, she only has her loyal clientele who are not
there for the food.
To say she is adorable as a chef is an understatement. She
appears in a variety of fashionable outfits and weaves a sweet
innocent spell on the viewer. Worth watching to see Sarah
dressed up in a variety of outfits and different hairstyles.
There are also scenes of outdoor markets, beautiful orchids
and of course restaurant scenes, Sarah shopping, cooking and
crawling about on the floor chasing after magical crabs all to
Instead of slaying vampires, “Buffy” bewitches Tom
Bartlett (Sean Patrick Flanery) and entices love right into her
life through cooking a variety of gourmet dishes. If every man
has his weakness, Tom’s weakness is luscious cuisine.
“She can cook things that make you
As every kitchen sorceress has discovered, the right food can
create the right mood and can invite happiness and love into
your life. I loved the dance scene and the scene where Tom and
Amanda disappear into the scented mist. This movie emphasizes
the aphrodisiac qualities of food.
Amanda Shelton (Sarah) only discovers her true cooking
talents after meeting Tom. At first she seems unaware of her
current fate while Tom seems to be trying to control his fate.
He is disturbed by his lack of emotional control and when he
falls “in love” with Amanda, his world seems to be spinning
out of control.
“My whole life was ordinary and then we
and these amazing things started to happen.” ~Amanda
Is it love that makes Amanda a better cook and makes her
cooking taste even better to Tom? Are their senses in a state of
heightened awareness from the chemicals rushing through their
bodies or is there magic floating about? Once she finds a recipe
for caramel éclairs, Tom is even more attracted to her.
There are very few movies about cooking or chefs so this one
is a treat. Tear drops in the food reminded me of Like Water for
Chocolate. The emotions Amanda feels are somehow magically mixed
into the food she is cooking. Either the dishes make people cry,
stun them or make them lose their inhibitions. She seems to have
a magical gift for culinary creations that have an effect on
anyone who consumes them.
Is the orchid plant in this movie the “Oncidium
Sharry Baby?” It did look similar, although I can’t
say for sure. Some people say it has a fruity vanilla scent and
not really a chocolate scent. Most types of vanilla do not
produce the vanilla beans. If you wanted to cook with flowers,
you would want to make sure that the flowers you added to your
cooking were edible. Orchid flowers are apparently edible.
Vanilla beans are the cigar-shaped seed pods from a climbing
orchid and the pods must be picked, boiled and heated in the
sun. It literally takes months to produce the delicious vanilla
flavor. It actually takes 100 beans to make 1 gallon of vanilla
extract. If you love vanilla extract, you might also enjoy:
Fiori di Sicilia flavoring for your baking.
After watching this movie you may want to feed your lover
oranges, invest in some expensive vanilla extract, get lost in a
kiss or cook up some bliss. If you are looking for the best
vanilla for your cooking, Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla is
Deliciously cute, silly spells, sweet innocent love and a few
hot and steamy kissing scenes in the kitchen. For romantics and
lovers of kitchens and cuisine. Almost a culinary Cinderella
You might enjoy these books:
The Seduction Cookbook by Diane Brown (Baked Salmon with
Raspberry Cabernet Sauce, ideas for late night seduction snacks
and information on growing an erotic herb garden.)
A Passionfruit Cookbook by Patrick Jesse Pons-Worley
(The flavor of passion fruit is so seductive and exotic.)
Written with a Spoon (Poetry and Recipes)
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids by Alec
The Edible Flower Garden by Rosalind Creasy
InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook (The “Fig Pastries”
are decadent and naughty.)
Crab Cooking: Famous Recipes from Famous Places by
Movies with Food Themes:
Like Water for Chocolate
Scent of Green Papaya
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
P.S. If you need a recipe for the caramel iced éclairs to
entice someone, click here.