June 25th, 2010
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Ruth Bourdain is one of the seven wonders of the Twitterverse.

With more than 8,500 followers, the fictional character has accumulated quite the cult foodie following since he/she magically appeared in March.

Touting a tagline of "comfort me with offal," Ruth Bourdain is a bizarre mash up of two of the food world's most distinctive personalities: bad boy chef and Travel Channel television host, Anthony Bourdain, and Ruth Reichl, the former editor in chief of the now-defunct but deeply revered Gourmet magazine.

When the former is known for being rather foul-mouthed, and latter is notorious for her Taoist-like tweets, hilarity with a touch of vulgarity typically ensues.

Par example:

Ruth Reichl tweets: "Crisp, plump, gently fried oysters on a bed of sweetly spicy homemade kimchi. Last night. Swoon (Hudson). Flavor still dancing in my mind."

Later, Ruth Bourdain tweets: "Crisp, plump, gently fried oysters having a briny booty call on a bed of spicy homemade kimchi. Last night. Image still haunting my mind."

5 Favorite Food Films: Ruth Bourdain

1. The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover
"This is a stunning film, with a riveting story and extraordinary cinematography, even if the content is at times barbaric, if not grotesque. Nevertheless, I give director Peter Greenaway a great deal of credit for bringing cannibalism into the mainstream. Kudos."

2. Tampopo
"Quite possibly the best film about food every made. This so-called 'noodle western' tells the story of a truck driver who helps transform an incompetent cook into a ramen master. Avoid at all costs Ramen Girl, a dreadful reboot of the classic starring the late Brittany Murphy as a wannabe noodle champ."

3. Soylent Green
"Spoiler alert! 'Soylent Green is people.' It’s a shocking climax to a thrilling vision of a dystopian future where the earth’s environment is ravaged by overpopulation and global warming. Ok, got it. Now, let’s move on to more important things: what does Soylent Green taste like? It’s the only failing in this otherwise brilliant film. Inquiring minds want to know. Well, at least I do."

4. Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
"This would be a silly, otherwise disposable mystery and romantic comedy were it not for its wonderful premise: serial murders of great chefs. It’s a brilliant concept that happens to tap into a very personal fantasy of mine. Watch your back, Gordon Ramsay."

5. Seconds
"So, maybe you don’t think of John Frankenheimer’s legendary thriller as a food film. Yes, it’s a disturbing and depressing science fiction/psychological horror film rife with twisted hallucinatory scenes of existential identity crisis. But, it also features an unforgettable scene of trippy revelers stomping grapes in a giant barrel in the nude at a California winery. Pair it with popcorn and a dry Cabernet. Underwear optional."

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. Novel1

    Impossible not to include "Like Water for Chocolate" - stunning and emotional food preparation scenes that make you want to run home and prepare a feast for undeserving relatives immediately!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  2. ponchophyllis

    What about Delicatessen how could that be left off this list?

    June 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  3. Fuji Mama

    "Ruth Bourdain is one of the seven wonders of the Twitterverse." LOL So glad to see Tampopo getting a shout out–such a great food film!

    June 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
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