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Someone surely will come up with the outrageous dinner scene in the film of TOM JONES. My all-time least favourite is Oskar's Mama eating eels in the film of Gunter Grass's book, THE TIN DRUM. -- Katherine (who was the first of many to bring up the scene in TOM JONES)

Alan Alda, Carol Burnett movie, I think called THE FOUR SEASONS. Several couples get together for weekends in rural settings. At one of them, they double a recipe from a Chinese cookbook (Good Food of Schezwan, I think), and when they put all those hot peppers in the hot wok they nearly gas themselves from the fumes. Struck a note with us because we had just done the same thing (from the same book). It was -5° out and we had to turn on the attic (whole house) fan to air out the kitchen. -- Bonnie from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The scenes involving cheesecake with Humphrey Bogart in ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT and with Frank Sinatra in GUYS AND DOLLS. -- Ray Hame, NY Times Trivia Master

There's a banquet sequence in the 1992 DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (Kino Films) that will truly get your juices flowing. The title is available in video, and if you haven't seen it, you will enjoy it tremendously. -- Vince in South Jersey

There is the wedding banquet in Erich Von Stroheim's silent GREED in which the guests gorge themselves to surrealistic frenzies. How about MONTY PYTHON'S THE MEANING OF LIFE in which the immense Mr. Creosote eats until he explodes, or the country dinner party at which Death pays a call?-- Gene in NYC

In ANNIE HALL Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are trying to cook lobsters, which are running all over the kitchen. Allen puts a little cup of melted butter on one side of the refrigerator, hoping to force a lobster to run out from behind the fridge to the other side, where Keaton is waiting to catch it. -- Sarah via the internet

Clearly the kitchen scene from 91/2 WEEKS belongs in a publication dedicated to "having fun with food." -- Kerstin via the internet

The Neverfood scene in HOOK. It's not only a slimy, wonderful mess but a turning point in the film. -- Paul T. Olson, editor of GOTH SMOTH, a great zine that often talks about food while discussing a variety of subjects (Box 3472, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

How about Paul Newman eating three (four?) dozen eggs on a dare in COOL HAND LUKE. -- TT

Good food scenes in movies include: HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE (Dinky Dog), PULP FICTION (Royale with Cheese, Brad's Burgers, and Jackrabbit Slim's), RAISING ARIZONA (When there was no meat, we ate fowl. When there was no fowl, we ate crawdads. When there was no crawdads to be found, we ate sand), INDIANA JONES & THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (monkey brains and other delicacies). - That's only part of the list from the gang at Dr. Daniel's Movie Emergency

Chow Yun Fat forcing a protection racket gangster to eat his rice in John Woo's classic A BETTER TOMORROW 2 would definitely be worth a mention! -- CJ Hill from across the seas

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[This article originally appeared in THG #2]

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