DVD SPOTLIGHT: In 2008's The Reader, Kate Winslet renders a flawless performance as Hanna Schmidt, a concentration camp supervisor, who endures a lengthy prison sentence in order to protect a devastating personal secret: she never learned to read. It's an engrossing, deeply affecting Holocaust drama about choices and consequences that excels, thanks in large part to Winslet's bravura turn, opposite the likes of David Kross (as Hanna's teenage paramour, Michael) and the ever-award worthy Ralph Fiennes as Michael in middle age. Lena Olin puts in a brief yet memorable cameo as a camp survivor, helping director Stephen Daldry (The Hours) secure a home-run on all fronts. Powerfully acted and emotionally gripping, The Reader stays with you long after you've seen it.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be." -- author Molly Wizenberg, from A Homemade Life