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Dir: Jon Avnet/ Prods: Jon Avnet and Jordan Kerner/ Screenplay: Fannie Flag and Carol Sobieske/Based on the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café by Fannie Flag/ 1992/ 130 mins

The 1930s story of two lifelong friends, Idgie and Ruth, is retold during the 1990s. The elderly Ninny Threadgoode tells their story to Evelyn Couch. Couch becomes entranced by their story and continues to visit Ninny Threadgoode in a nursing home so that she may learn more. Threadgood's stories about the two strong-willed women inspire Couch to become more assertive in her life. The stories focus on the early adult years of Idgie and Ruth. Ruth befriends Idgie and tries to get her to be more respectable. However, Idgie also manages to get Ruth to enjoy life more. Troubles start for the two when Ruth marries. Unfortunately, her husband's violent temper soon leads to his battering Ruth. Idgie manages to convince Ruth to leave him and the two found the Whistlestop Café.

While most of this film revolves around the two women's friendship, there are plenty of small moments when one gets to see presumably mouth-watering food. Also, there are many food scenes at the Whistle Stop Café. In the first few moments one is treated to short clips of food laid out for a wedding meal. However the best scenes involve Idgie trying out a recipe for fried green tomatoes, this soon devolves into a food fight between Idgie and Ruth which eventually results in the town sheriff getting frosting smeared all over his face and shirt. The barbecued ribs that are served to the detective also appear mouth-watering until you learn their origin (yes, this charming story of friendship among women involves cannibalism). The meals that are prepared by Evelyn Couch are also quite appetizing; one meal is fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and later they consist of tofu. The food moments in this film are relatively few but there are sufficient shots to make this a good food film.

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