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The other night I was looking around NetFlix for something light to watch and stumbled across a Canadian indie film called Cooking with Stella from Deepa Mehta and Dilip Mehta.
When Michael and Maya move from Ottawa to New Delhi so Maya can take a job at the Canadian High Commission, the diplomatic service hires Stella as their cook and general housekeeper. Stella has been cooking for High Commission families for 30 years and is used to dealing with the woman of the house. She is a bit taken aback when she learns that Michael will be a stay-at-home dad.
What's even more surprising to Stella is that Michael is a chef and wants her to teach him everything there is to know about Indian cooking so he can either become a teacher or open his own Indian fusion restaurant. Stella has her own ideas of how to be a successful employee of Western diplomats, and befriending her boss is putting a damper on her sideline businesses.
Cooking with Stella, starring Seema Biswas, Don McKellar, and Lisa Ray, is meant to be kind of wacky and a bit of fun. I absolutely enjoyed the food and cooking scenes, but Stella's antics and her attitude about the Canadians verged on the stereotypical. Because the acting is decent and some of the scenery shots are lovely, this is not the worst film ever made, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend it.