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Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | October 1980 (USA)
A documentary on the history of garlic. Blank interviews chefs, garlic lovers, and historians about the their love of the 'stinking rose.'

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antzonini Del Puerto ...
Flamenco Singer, Sausage Chef
Kathleen Bendel ...
Garlic Queen
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Youth Saved from Dysentary
Mary T. Brown ...
Cook Who Uses Garlic Salt
Robert Charles ...
La Vielle Maison, Truckee, CA
Henry Chung ...
Hunan Restaurant, San Francisco
Rose 'Pistolias' Evangelisti ...
Cook, Garlic Lover
Val Filice ...
Garlic Grower, Squid Chef
George Flintroy ...
Flinty's Barbecue, Oakland
Lloyd John Harris ...
Publisher: _Garlic Times_
Michael Goodwin ...
Interviewer, Recordist, Writer, Garlic Peeler
Maura Hagerty ...
Irish Garlic Eater
Lawrence Hershman ...
Gardener, Marin County
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Film Director: _Nosferatu_
Benni McCarthy ...
Author: _Living with the Flowers_
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Often referred to as a stinking rose, garlic, in its culinary uses, generally evokes a love it or hate it response. Quite often, these responses are on cultural lines, where old world cultures have generally revered it in their cooking, while new world cultures have not. A renaissance of sorts is taking place in the use of garlic in the United States, with more and more immigrants bringing their use of the spice to the country, with more people desiring more spice in their food, with a desire to get back to the land and with the production of plant a large part of the Central California landscape. Many chefs are presented preparing dishes prominently featuring the spice. On the bad side, the association of garlic to bad breath is discussed. On the other side, its purported health benefits are also discussed. Other topics presented include its association to vampirism, and speculation of how people will want their garlic to be presented to them in the future. Written by Huggo

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Culinary Hell
12 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie was terrible. It had little useful information about garlic. For the majority of the film, it was just pointless interviews with random garlic-obsessed freaks. I mean, how are you supposed to take a guy seriously when he's wearing a hat shaped like a giant clove of garlic? And the idea of "pet garlic" (a plastic clove of garlic on the end of a stiff leash) proves that some people see very little of life. Not even the editing was done well. I had such a hard time trying to read the names of the interviewees printed on the screen. White text on a white background? If you want information on garlic, read an encyclopedia. If you are a garlic loving lunatic, check out this film.

0.5/4 stars


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