The Hundred-foot Journey

The Hundred-foot Journey

A Novel

Book - 2011
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"That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist." And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life's journey in this novel. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, it is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste. Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumiere, a small village in the French Alps. The boisterous Haji family takes Lumiere by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais, that of the famous chef Madame Mallory, and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures. This story is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. It is a fable that is a testament to the inevitability of destiny.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011, 2010
ISBN: 9781439165645
Branch Call Number: MORAIS
Characteristics: vii, 245 p. ; 23 cm


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JCLHelenH May 04, 2020

I don't know about the book, but the film is wonderful. It's half Chef, half The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It's available on Acorn TV! Check your library to see if you have access.

Jul 14, 2019

I found the beginning quarter of the book interesting, but it went radically downhill after that. The author sabotaged himself continuously with important events happening "off-screen," any compelling character being terribly short-shifted, and some of the worst transitions I've ever read. Just a poorly written book.

Jun 14, 2017

It was alright. Character development was not really there. I did enjoy all the details. But personally I liked the movie better. The two are quite different.

Jun 25, 2016

Loved the book. Couldn't get into the movie - it was that different from all the things I'd loved in the book. Pick one or the other and you'll probably be delighted. The book is marvellous.

LoganLib_LW Jun 08, 2016

Descriptive, feel good story
and foodies will also love it

PimaLib_StephanieM Aug 31, 2015

Not having seen the movie, yet, I can tell you I'll like it more than I did the book. The first and second parts of the book were so different that I wonder if part of the novel was ghostwritten. (I suspect the movie is based on the first and better half of the book??.) There is a terrific build up with engaging characters and then THUD: It turns into a self-gratifying, culinary ramble with obnoxious amounts of name dropping. Very disappointing given the promise of the early chapters.

Raynpetal Aug 07, 2015

A Parisian chef reluctantly finds a rare gift in a young man from India.

If you are a foodie, this book is one to read. Although there are no recipes included by the author, the descriptions of international fare will make you want to check out a few Parisian, and Indian cookbooks.

I would recommend this book to just about anyone, although there are a few unnecessary descriptions in my opinion.

Jun 22, 2015

The Hundred-Foot Journey follows the life and culinary adventures of Hassan Haji. Cooking was definitely in his blood. His grandfather and father were both restaurant owners in Mumbai, India. After the family relocated to a small village in France, Hassan took a turn from traditional Indian cuisine and dove into the critical and complicated world of French cuisine.

Morais writes an interesting and unlikely rags to riches story. It is a joy to follow Hassan through each leg of his journey, but parts of the story seem a little rushed.

jacksgrandma_2 Apr 28, 2015

Recommended by Linda. 3 stars

corian Apr 14, 2015

The authors attention to detail is what makes this small volume such a fascinating read, even if the tale is a little far-fetched.
There's one flaw - the table linen at Le Chien Méchant, "hand-stitched by Antananarivo women" of Madagascar is MALAGASY, not Madagascan, as written a few chapters later.

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