Friday, July 1, 2011

A story of forgiveness, friendship, love and loss this Academy Award nominated film shows how food can soothe the soul, offer hope and keep secrets all at the same time.

Set in Whistle Stop, Alabama, Fried Green Tomatoes follows two story lines: one of a 1980's unhappily married woman (Kathy Bates) who confides in a friend, Ninny, whom she visits at the local nursing home daily (Jessica Tandy); and the second set in the Depression era involving two best friends, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth (Mary Louise Parker) from Ninny's past, who's relationship is tested by love and loss when Ruth's abusive husband is mysteriously murdered.

Many of the antics of Fried Green Tomatoes take place in the Whistle Stop Cafe where BBQ and Fried Green Tomatoes are the menu favorites. The restaurant and food itself offers sanctuary from the hardships each character must endure.

In the end the memories made in the Whistle Stop Cafe keep each character fighting in the face of adversity, and the friendships forged in those kitchens are ones that last beyond a lifetime.

Do you have a story of how food has brought you closer to your friends?

Here's a taste of Fried Green Tomatoes:



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