29 March 2014

Weekend Cooking: Step Up to the Plate (Film)

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Step Up to the Plate (film)Director Paul Lacoste's documentary Step Up to the Plate (Entre les Bras) is a film that often appears on best-of lists for foodies. This movie follows Michel Bras over the course of a year, as he prepares to pass control of his famous restaurant to his son, Sebastien.

Although the movie feels a bit slow and meditative, I enjoyed meeting the Bras family. Right from the start you are introduced to the very nouvelle cuisine style that's the Bras signature. I'm not always a fan of the overly fussy plate, but I was quite impressed with the way father and son painted on the plate with food and sauces. Their presentations are exquisite.

The movie covers much more than just market, field, and restaurant. It's also the story of a family. We meet four generations of Brases, not just at the stove but also at home and in the beautiful French countryside. I especially liked the kitchen scenes, Michel's musings, and Sebastien's evident fondness and respect for his father.

If you crave fast action and exotic ingredients, you might want to pass on this documentary. On the other hand, Step Up to Plate will appeal to anyone who is interested in seeing the human side of running a family restaurant, albeit a world-famous one.


Tina 3/29/14, 6:57 AM  

I do like it simple, very appealing aspect to me is when you mentioned 4 generations of family we are able to meet. The French country cooking grabs the Francophile side of me too. Love it!

rhapsodyinbooks 3/29/14, 7:31 AM  

It's funny how foodie stuff appeals so much to foodies. I just finished Relish, and sure there are things one could criticize about it, but I loved it anyway because it was so food-esque!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 3/29/14, 8:03 AM  

I'm a sucker for food documentaries - will have to check it out!

Rachel 3/29/14, 8:04 AM  

Thanks for letting us all know about this film. It sounds dreamy to me.

(Diane) bookchickdi 3/29/14, 4:25 PM  

This looks like something my husband and I would really enjoy.

Teddyree 3/29/14, 7:14 PM  

I eat with my eyes so the presentation of the food in the trailer was enough to make me drool lol. Thanks for highlighting this one :)

Tea 3/29/14, 10:23 PM  

I like the idea of the father and son working together in the kitchen.

Tea 3/30/14, 4:27 AM  

Came back to watch the video. It's very quiet and lovely. The food looks so delicate. Again, the father and son relationship seems so special.

Vasilly 3/30/14, 10:27 PM  

This sounds like a movie my chef-in-training daughter will love. Thanks for sharing.

Couscous & Consciousness 3/31/14, 4:21 AM  

I've not heard of this documentary before, but I've just added it to my "must see" list. Sounds great.

Laurie C 4/5/14, 12:12 PM  

This sounds good to me too! I wonder if it's available on Netflix.

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