This was an interesting film. Notice I said interesting, not good, bad, or great. The story held my interest, the acting was good, the characters were almost believable, and the focus on cooking was superb.
Having said all of that, the only parts I really enjoyed were the cooking scenes. The actors did an okay job, nothing outstanding, and the story was predictable. It is definitely a feel good movie, although there are some tragic events early on. But it was the cooking that kept me involved and I came away with a renewed desire to spend more time preparing the dishes I do make and wanting to explore new, more complicated, recipes.
As entertainment, I can only give it three cigars, but as inspiration I will give it four.