Nope, this has nothing to do with that other Martha. As the high-strung head chef at a chic German restaurant, this Martha (the charismatic Martina Gedeck) is a galloping gourmand with no time left over for anything that isn't in her saucepan. So when her headstrong niece (Maxime Foerste) comes to live with her, it could be a recipe for disaster.
Well, it could if assistant chef Sergio Castellitto--who has bonhomie to burn--can't clown the touchy Teuton out of her terminal funk. Closely tracking in the footsteps of dramatic food flicks like Big Night, this movie is a little different in that it lives up to its moniker (Gedeck never plays second garbanzo to the entrées). Bon appétit!