Okay, so maybe not EVERYONE, but a couple of good friends have posted that they’ve been LOVING The Cook of Castamar (2021) aka La cocinera de Castamar, the Spanish drama that recently premiered on Netflix. I’ve been sewing like a madwoman and so had to put off anything subtitled, but I finally managed to watch the first episode, and my reaction is ….. huh??
The Cook of Castamar is an adaptation of a novel. The story is set in 1720 Spain, and is about an agoraphobic cook who starts working in a widower duke’s home … and, of course, things get complicated. It stars Michelle Jenner, who seems to be the Spanish historical manic pixie frock flick dream girl ever since she starred in Isabel.
The series’ costumes were designed by Bubi Escobar (El ministerio del tiempo). According to a Spanish news site,
“The wardrobe manager, Bubi Escobar, and her team not only used rented suits, but have also made dresses, which in addition to being beautiful and eye-catching, are also quite uncomfortable for the actresses. Most are skintight corsets with the inevitable ribbons to achieve the narrow waist and flat chest that was in fashion. They and they have confessed it: eating or breathing is difficult after four hours of filming. But we viewers appreciate the sacrifice when we see the images” (bad Google translate of Conocé todo sobre el vestuario de “La Cocinera de Castamar”).
I‘m guessing everyone must be loving the plot, because the costumes? Ahem. First, let’s look at 1720s fashion in Spain. It’s not crazy to start with court styles, because the duke is a close intimate of King Philip V and in the first episode, throws a “gala” party that involves the king:
So what does the series give us?
Okay, so clearly the costumes are all rentals and their budget was limited. Am I being too mean? Is the plot so good? I’ll try to make it through a few more episodes and report back!
Have you caught The Cook of Castamar? Should we keep at it?