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Babette's Feast by Isak Dinesen

Babette's Feast (1950)

by Isak Dinesen

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Sisters Martine and Philippa belong to a ascetic, minimalist sect in Norway. They are happy to offer asylum to a French chef, Babette, who is on the run from the French government, but they will only allow her to cook simple Norwegian meals so they can give as much of their money as possible to the poor. Many years later, the girls are concerned that their beloved Babette will leave them, because she has recently come into some money. Babette is mum on the matter but asks permission to cook one real French meal for the founder of the sect, the sisters' late father.

A beautiful, poignant, borderline-perfect short story. You all know of my love for fancy food, so it should come as no surprise that this story really touched me. And I love short stories so I will be on the lookout for more by Dinesen/Karen Blixen. ( )
  norabelle414 | May 25, 2013 |
arrival of Babette- a mysterious refugee from France in small Danish hamlet encourages 2 austere sisters and their community to try something outrageous-- a gourmet French meal! 1 hour 43 minutes
  cljacobson | Jan 31, 2010 |
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Der er i Norge en lang, snæver fjord, mellem høje fjelde, ved navn Berlevaag Fjord.
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With the mysterious arrival of Babette, a refugee from France's civil war, life for two pious sisters and their tiny hamlet begins to change. Before long, Babette has convinced them to try something other than boiled codfish and ale bread: a gourmet French meal. Her feast scandalizes the elders, except for the visiting general. Just who is this strangely talented Babette, who has terrified this pious town with the prospect of losing their souls for enjoying too much earthly pleasure?
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At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning Babette's Feast is a layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark.… (more)

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