Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Screening of "Japanese noodle Western" on March 15

Screening of Tampopo
Sunday, March 15, 3 pm
Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place
Arrington Auditorium

On Sunday, March 15, BPL will host a screening of Tampopo, ironically billed as  “a Japanese noodle Western”. Goro, a truck driver, strides into a small ramen shop like a cowboy in a Clint Eastwood Western. The ramen is terrible, and he tells the owner Tampopo, a young widow, that they are going to find the perfect ramen recipe and revamp her shop. Intertwined with the main story are various vignettes about the relationship of love and food, including a gangster who uses food to heat up his sex life and a dying woman who sits up from her deathbed to cook one last meal for her family.

Matt Levey, Professor of Asian History at Birmingham-Southern College, will serve as facilitator.

Roger Ebert said of the film," ‘Tampopo’ " is one of those utterly original movies that seems to exist in no known category. Like the French comedies of Jacques Tati, it's a bemused meditation on human nature in which one humorous situation flows into another offhandedly, as if life were a series of smiles.”

You’ll certainly learn from the movie that there’s more to ramen than that stuff in a styrofoam cup you gobbled down in your dorm room.

Try your hand at making the perfect bowl of ramen or other delectable Japanese dishes with the help of these cookbooks:

At home with Japanese cooking 

Everyday Harumi : simple Japanese food for family & friends 

Harumi's Japanese cooking 

The Japanese kitchen : 250 recipes in a traditional spirit 

Japanese soul cooking : ramen, tonkatsu, tempura, and more from the streets and kitchens of Tokyo and beyond

Simple Asian meals : irresistibly satisfying and healthy dishes for the busy cook

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