The 1990s were the golden years. ‘Cinnamon Mini Buns’ cereal was still around. Everyone’s favorite kind of jam was Space Jam. And Bill Clinton was or was not having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. Really — what’s not to love about the ’90s?
The decade was an important time for Hollywood, too. Director Quentin Tarantino was the new big thing. Julia Roberts was the romantic-comedy queen. And neither Macaulay Culkin nor Lindsay Lohan was on drugs — yet.
If you’re from the millennial generation, chances are, your fondest film nostalgia dates back to the last decade of the 20th century. Of course, when your favorite videotapes are beginning to fossilize and even your DVD player is starting to look outdated, how are you suppose to take a trip down memory lane?
We have an idea — and guess what? It has to do with food.
While movies from the food film genre get the most culinary cred — be it ramen from Tampopo (1985), boeuf bourguignon from Julie & Julia (2009), or ratatouille from, er, Ratatouille (2007) — we think some of cinema’s best food scenes are actually from films that, on the surface, have nothing to do with cooking.
Take When Harry Met Sally as an example. This 1989 Nora Ephron classic about best friends falling in love arguably includes one of the most famous scenes in cinema history about a turkey sandwich. (We’d more likely moan over Katz’s pastrami, but that’s neither here nor there). To this day, the iconic New York deli still hangs a sign above the table where the scene was shot: “When Harry Met Sally…. Hope you have what she had! Enjoy!”
Similarly, one of the most famous movie scenes about pasta comes from another romantic-comedy — and an animated one at that. Surely, you already know what we’re referencing: the spaghetti scene from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp. It’s been almost 60 years since this classic premiered and still, noodles have never seemed more sentimental.
To our disappointment, however, movies don’t come with recipes. What gives, right? As the silver screen’s characters enjoy Hollywood-styled sustenance, we’re stuck with greasy popcorn and overpriced candy. Where’s the justice?
Taking Katz’s lead, we think the best way to reunite with our favorite ’90s characters is to “have what they’re having.” So put on your jean jacket, dig that VCR out of the attic, and start up the stove. Inspired by iconic food scenes, we’ve collected 15 recipes to take you back to the “phattest” years of your life: from Tarantino’s famous Big Kahuna Burger to Parent Trap-style homemade Oreos (with peanut butter!). The results are even more enticing than Cinnamon Mini Buns cereal — a standard that we, of course, take very, very seriously.