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Old 06-10-2017, 05:53 AM
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Babette's Feast is a Danish film about the preparation and consumption of a multi-course haute cuisine dinner by a bunch of dour Jutlanders and one Swedish gourmand, circa 1885. It is loosely based on a novella by Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen) of Out of Africa fame.
SPOILER:
It turns out that the eponymous Babette Hersant was the head chef at Café Anglais before showing up in Jutland as a refugee.
I was living in San Jose when it came out and one of the chefs there offered a prix fixe duplicating the feast for $150, which was big bux at the time. The only concession to modern sensibilities was that the Cailles en Sarcophage (quail in puff pastry) had their heads replaced by pastry heads; the originals were served with their heads on so you could suck their br-a-a-a-ins.