Saturday, June 27, 2015

Lights, camera, popcorn -- and a killer! #bookgiveaway

By Zayda George, from the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz

We're celebrating the upcoming release---on July 7---of BUTTER OFF DEAD, the third Food Lovers' Village Mystery. Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy!

The first movie I ever saw in the theater was Finding Nemo. I was five. I’ve wanted to make movies ever since, and nothing is going to stop me. I helped start the Jewel Bay High School film club freshman year. A lot of famous people have vacation homes here, and some have come to our class and even brought friends to talk to us. John Lithgow did an improv class with us and the Speech and Drama Club. The man who produced Jurassic Park and Schindler’s list visits every term, as does a famous movie makeup guy. And Dirk Benedict, from Battlestar Galactica and the A-Team lives here part-time and helps us when he can. My mom has a crush on him.

So when Larry Abrams offered to be our advisor, I was in heaven. He is a legend in Hollywood. He knows everything there is to know about movie lighting, and he single-handedly raised the money to buy a digital film projector and a screen for the Playhouse, so we can show real movies and make it the kind of experience everyone will remember.

I’m a little worried, though, because he’s asked me to do something I’m not sure I should do ...

Still, I’m thrilled about the new Food Lovers’ Film Festival. Erin and Christine have chosen five terrific movies, and they’ve arranged for the best food and drink pairings in the lobby – a special appetizer for each movie! And on Sunday night, after the festival ends, my parents are hosting an Oscar party at the Jewel Bay Inn, where we’ll eat great food, talk about movies, and place our bets on this year’s nominees.

What’s your favorite foodie movie?  Leave a comment for a chance to win a signed copy! (Open till noon, Monday, June 29; please include your email address.)


From the cover: As the national bestselling Food Lovers’ Village mysteries continue, the merchants of Jewel Bay, Montana try to heat up chilly winter business with a new film festival. But their plans are sent reeling when a dangerous killer dims the lights on a local mover and shaker …

In an attempt to woo tourists to Jewel Bay and cheer up the townies, Erin Murphy, manager of the specialty local foods market known as the Merc, is organizing the First Annual Food Lovers’ Film Festival, popping with classic foodie flicks and local twists on favorite movie treats. But when her partner in planning, painter Christine Vandeberg, is found dead only days before the curtain rises, Erin suspects someone is attempting to stop the films from rolling.

To make matters worse, Nick—Erin’s brother and Christine’s beau—has top billing on the suspect list. Convinced her brother is innocent and determined that the show must go on, Erin must find who’s really to blame before Nick gets arrested or the festival gets shut down. And as the anniversary of Erin’s father’s death in a still-unsolved hit-and-run approaches, her own beau isn’t so keen on her leading role.
 
But the closer Erin gets to shining a spotlight on the killer, the more likely it becomes that she’ll be the next person cut from the program…


Leslie Budewitz is the author of the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries and the Spice Shop Mysteries—and the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in northwest Montana with her husband, a musician and doctor of natural medicine, and their cat Ruff, a cover model and avid bird-watcher. 

Connect with her on her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


109 comments:

  1. The original Charkie & the Chocolate Factory from 1971. All that glorious chocolate! It doesn't hurt that it was one of my favorite childhood books A close second would be Ratatouille. I love all the kitchen scenes where he is under the hat telling him what to do.
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    1. Both classics! And as you may recall from Death al Dente, my main character, Erin, shares your fondness for Ratatouille!

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  2. Disney's Ratatouille is my favorite foodie movie for it show the joy of cooking (with humor and Disney magic).
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    1. Jen, yes -- it does radiate joy, doesn't it?

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  3. I love the movie Julie and Julia, which intersperses Julia Child's early experiences in the cooking profession with blogger Julie's attempt to cook all of the recipes in Child's first published cookbook!

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    1. A big fave in our house -- I'd have loved even more of Meryl Streep ast Julia!

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  4. It looks great, thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is my favorite. Books looks great.

    Debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. Ratatouille is my favorite.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. Very popular among my readers! And in my household!

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  7. Julie and Julia. That movie taught me that you don't need a big kitchen with bells and whistles to cook marvelous food. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Yes! Julia's French kitchens were tiny, and Julie's NY apt kitchen looked "intimate" as well.

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  8. A movie which was captivating, memorable very special was Mostly Martha. Loved it. Thanks for this lovely feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Traveler, thanks for reminding me of that one. I've posted the IMDB link below for those who haven't seen it. Very touching.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0246772/

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  9. Waitress was unforgettable, wonderful and appealing. My favorite of all. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Okay, now I want pie! Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion. And pie. Here's the IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473308/

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  11. I can't pick a favorite foodie movie ... it's a tie between Ratatouille and Julie and Julia. Thanks for this opportunity, Leslie :)
    peggyhyndman ( at ) att ( dot ) net

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    1. Both fan favorites, for sure! Good choices!

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  12. Can't think of a "food movie", but I can do some damage to some "movie buttered popcorn". Soooo yummy!! I love the cover of this book!
    jawdance@yahoo.com

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    1. Glad you like it, Judy -- I think it's a lot of fun, too!

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  13. Ratatouille is one of my favorites, I have watched that movie so many times. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your book!!! darholley1(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Ratatouille seems to be this morning's winner! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Like so many others, has to be Ratatouille. Thanks!
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    1. I'm thinking ratatouille (small R) and linguine for dinner tonight...!

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  15. Not really a foodie movies---but a foodie name---Mystic Pizza.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. Oh, gosh, haven't thought of that one in ages. Good movie!

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  16. First thought was Tom Jones. So revolting - so funny!
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    1. Karen, haven't seen it -- but, as a food movie? Do tell!

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  17. I would have to say the original "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". I love that movie. My future husband. Not so much. He says the Oompa Loompas freak him out. Lol.

    I would love to win this book. I love this series.

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    1. The Oompa Loompas are a bit odd, aren't they? But not in the same class as the monkeys in The Wizard of Oz!

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  18. I never thought of a movie in terms of food, the only one I can think of is the one with Paula Dean in it and I can't remember the name. suefoster109@netzero.net

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    1. Hmm. The IMDB didn't help me on that one. If you think of it, Sue, let us know!

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  19. As to Tom Jones--there is an infamous scene where Jones and a lady eat a meal that is so ripe with innuendos your toes curl.
    I was thinking about Chocolat
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    1. Oooh -- sounds deliciously wicked!

      And it's fun to see how many of your faves will be shown at the First Annual Food Lovers' Film Festival -- but I'll wait a bit to tell you which ones!

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  20. My favorite movie food is hot buttered popcorn and Milk Duds. I love when the popcorn has so much butter it makes your fingers greasy. As to a movie, I loved the original "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and Ratatouille. They both were delightfully fun to watch not just for the kids but the adults.

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    1. I forgot my e-mail - robeader53@yahoo.com

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    2. Oh, you are making me hungry! (Easy to do, I admit)

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  21. I love Moonstruck, not really a foodie movie, but a lot of good scenes that involve food or the kitchen.

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    1. It sure does, and I wouldn't have thought of it -- thanks for the reminder!

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  22. love your books..all of them.. would love one..email is greeneyes2755@yahoo.com.
    thx..

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  23. Plain M & Ms in buttered popcorn and any movie! rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

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  24. Now that is a good question, why do I not really think about food in a movie but most of the mysteries I read have a lot about food, or eating or sharing meals.

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  25. Disney's Ratatouille is our favorite family foodie movie (and our daughters still watch it with our granddaughter)! servedogmomyahoo.com

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  26. I loved Mystic Pizza. Though it has been years since I've seen it.

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  27. Mostly Martha too! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  28. I liked No Reservations with Aaron Eckhart and Catherine Zeta Jones and Charlie and the Choclate Factory.
    MarshaMysteryreader@yahoo.com
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    1. No Reservations is actually an American remake of Mostly Martha, which several other readers have mentioned. We've seen -- and enjoyed -- them both. And you're obviously in good company, choosing Charlie!

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  29. Would LOVE to read this book!! betty6931@fuse.net

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  30. Well I would say Chocolait, The Big Night and Sideways all relate to the coming together of food.

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  33. Don't really have a favorite "foodie" movie, enjoyed Julie & Julia - Favorite is January Man with Kevin Klein and a BUNCH of stars!
    Thanks for this opportunity! dm _ richards at yahoo.com

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  34. My favorite foodie movie is from 2007 but combines death, recovery, love and appreciation of food. That movie is No Reservations. Great movie.
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  35. My favorite foodie movie is from 2007 but combines death, recovery, love and appreciation of food. That movie is No Reservations. Great movie.
    bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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  36. My favorite foodie movie is from 2007 but combines death, recovery, love and appreciation of food. That movie is No Reservations. Great movie.
    bettyjo.english@gmail.com

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  37. Julie and Julia. Who doesn't love Meryl Streep?
    dotkel50@comcast.net

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    1. She was PERfect, wasn't she? And I loved Stanley Tucci as Paul. My hunny gave me the Julia bio, Dearie, by Bob Spitz for Christmas a few years ago, and I devoured it. What a character -- what a teacher, what a cook!

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  38. Mmm butter... sounds like a great book! Would love to win a copy :) cindysnyder83@gmail.com

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  39. I adore your books. itsacatslife17 (at) yahoo dot com
    Would be an honor to have a copy to read!

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  40. I can't think of any "foodie movies". My favorite movie is The Holiday....and I eat food when I watch it! Lol robin.christofaro@yahoo.com

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  41. Ratatouille.......

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  42. I also enjoyed Julie and Julia as a favorite foodie movie. Thanks for this opportunity. azelgert@gmail.com

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  43. I was going to say Julie and Julia, but I see lots of others have mentioned that. What about an oldie "Guess Who's Killing the Great Chefs of Europe" with George Segal and Jacqueline Bisset?

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    1. Karen, I confess I have not seen it. We watch most of our movies from Netflix, and it's not available. You've just inspired me to check our library system, and no joy there, either. < pout >

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    2. Tcm.com on DVD for purchase.

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  44. More comments here than I can keep up with. You all obviously LOVE good food AND good movies -- thanks for sharing your faves!

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  45. Looks like great cozy mystery.
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  46. Looks Good!!! I think I found a new author to read!!! rachaelabrams317@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome, Rachael -- I hope you love taking a trip to Montana, on the page, with me and my characters!

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  47. The Chocolate Shop bobbipad@gmail.com

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  48. I'd have to say Chocolat is one of my favorite foodie movies, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Can you tell I love chocolate??!! Thx for the giveaway opportunity.
    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

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  49. So many favorites named. Chocolat is delicious!!

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  50. I hate to admit that I'm not a big movie person but I do love good food.. I'm looking forward to reading this book. smmolloy1105@yahoo.com

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  51. Not much of a movie viewer, but I'd have to say 'Ratatouille,' if only because my son actually asked me to make some (more than once!). Unfortunately, he also wanted it to look just like it did in the movie, too! *sigh*. I am thoroughly enjoying both of your book series and look forward to the new release. Thanks! book__wyrm@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Too funny, Anne! LOVE that the movie made a kid want vegetables, though! So glad you're enjoying the books -- I am smiling from earring to earring, as Erin says of Tracy in the Food Lovers' Village books!

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  52. I liked charlie and the Chocolate factory. I can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the chance
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  53. Not really a foodie movie, but Lady and thr tramp. I loved the scene where they were eating dinner and sharing pasta.

    kaye dot killgore at comcast dot net

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    1. Oh, what fun to remember that scene -- so cute!

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  54. I don't watch a lot of movies but I have to say I do like the original Willy Wonka. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  55. Goodness - so many to choose! First off is my all time favorite, Simply Irresistible. With an incredible soundtrack including Take Your Time, Once In A Blue Moon, That Old Black Magic, and Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered; that goes incredibly well with the kitchen magic! Then there is animated movies and that would be Spirited Away with those crazy food scenes! More recent, The Hundred-Foot Journey. It was rich in imagery and ideas. Last, but not least... Classic B Movies... Eating Raoul. Too funny for words! -lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions, Lavender! Just added Simply and Spirited to our Netflix cue. And yes, yes to 100 Foot Journey -- I think of it every time I make an omelet!

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  56. I don't have a favorite, but I do love these cozy mysteries. Happy reading.
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  57. My favorite movie involving food is Michael with John Travolta. I love the part with the song, My Oh My, I love Pie! I am a big pie fan. I have pie instead of cake for my birthdays.

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    1. Too funny! I'm sure I haven't seen Michael since it came out, and I don't remember the pie scene -- but I too am a big pie fan. My hunny always chooses huckleberry pie for his birthday!

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  58. I don't have a favorite. The book sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

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  59. No Reservations with Catherine Zeta Jones.
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  60. Julie and Julia did not think I would like it at first but really enjoyed it.
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  61. Fried Green Tomatoes!

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  62. I've gotta go with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Julie & Julia as my favorite foodie movies. Gene Wilder and Meryl Streep ruled in those films! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  63. Just occurs to me to be surprised that no one has suggested Like Water for Chocolate. So rich and sensual. And, chocolate. Obviously a big hit in this crowd! Those of you who've read DEATH AL DENTE or CRIME RIB remember Tracy. Well, the chocolate fun continues in BUTTER -- in the story and in the recipes. (And that's all I'll say for now!)

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  64. Amy F.-- I know a lot of readers have already mentioned it but I also go with the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.. Love the scene where they travel along in the chocolate river.. Thought the wallpaper was pretty bizarre but it was the 70's! I enjoy your books and look forward to this one, though I do hope I win the contest! salvatoresmom71@yahoo.com

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  65. Looking forward to reading Butter Off Dead. I do not watch many movies (actually been to the movie theater in over fifteen years). I movie I watched at home recently that had food in it was Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (it was delightful). I liked the book better than the movie, but it was still fun to watch. The Gourmet Detective was also a good movie (can you tell I like mysteries). Thank you for a a chance to win and I hope you had a great weekend! Doodlesink@hotmail.com

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    1. Was Murder She Baked a Hallmark movie? I hadn't heard of Gourmet Detective, but looks like it was, too. Missed those, but they sound like great fun!

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  66. Looking forward to reading your books.

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  67. I am drawing a blank for a foodie movie. But I did just finish watching the Hannah Swenson movie on Hallmark. I like that I am looking forward to the next Hannah Swenson movie this fall. (I haven't been to a movie in a theater since ET came out, maybe 1983?)

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  68. I was all set to say Julie & Julia but I'll have to nick Kristina Anderson's answer. I thought the movie version of Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder was FABULOUS!

    Congrats on the release, Leslie. (BTW, according to Wikipedia, the Paula Deen movie is Elizabethtown.)

    lauralbert@hotmail.com

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  69. This comment entered on behalf of Renee Wheeler, as Google does not like her today!

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  71. Favorite food movie Charlie and the Chocolate factory but then to Harry Potter has some pretty good food in it as well. Thanks for the giveaway

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    1. I'll admit, my favorite thing about the food in Harry Potter is how it magically appears on the long tables in the dining hall! For a while, Mr. Right and I referred to delivery pizza as "Hogwarts dinner." And I'm still curious about pumpkin juice!

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  72. I was always a Junior Mint Fan.

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  73. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

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  74. Hmm, I tried to post from my phone Saturday and it just wouldn't go. I'm not all that conscious of foodie movies, but I certainly do enjoy scenes like those in Tom Jones and in Lady and the Tramp. But I'd just as soon relax with a big bowl of buttered popcorn and just enjoy whatever the movie offers.
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  75. Got so busy with the next book that Ruff and I forgot to pick a winner! Congratulations, Anne Vanderhaeghen!

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