I know it is sort of odd, but I really like the protagonist in Babbette’s Feast. This poor woman is desperate when her family is killed off in the 1871 fighting in Paris. She hauls herself to a small fishing village in Denmark and gets a pair of sisters to take her in as a servant in exchange for food and board, and one guesses clothing. Many years later, she wins a substantial lottery and uses the money to provide a lavish birthday commemerative feast for the sisters and their congregation.
I have nothing but admiration for a woman that can make the decision to totally change her life and go on to not just survive but thrive when she loses everything. The ability to remake oneself without complaint, and to fit into the new life in a positive way is amazingly rare. She goes from premier chef in Paris to humble maid of all work in a small fishing village without complaint, making friends in her new life cheerfully. We could all take her as a positive example.
And the food she makes under such primative conditions is amazing. Some day I would love to recreate that menu [except maybe not the turtle soup, I am not fond of turtle soup. Maybe a nice potage puree des haricots as a substitution, or even just a consomme royale.]