The Hundred-foot Journey

The Hundred-foot Journey

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Now a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, produced by Juliet Blake, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg: the culinary fairytale--hailed as " Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille " by The New York Times Book Review --about a young Indian boy who becomes a three-star chef in Paris.

Born above his grandfather's modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy strikes, the Hajis leave India and embark on a journey around the world, eventually opening an Indian restaurant in Lumi#65533;re, a small town in the French Alps. The family takes the village by storm, provoking the ire of their neighbor--Madame Mallory, the proprietress of an esteemed French relais . Only after waging culinary war with the immigrant family does Madame Mallory finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris and a host of new adventures. A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages: charming, endearing, and compulsively readable.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
ISBN: 9781476765853
Branch Call Number: FIC Mora
Characteristics: 245 p
Alternative Title: 100 foot journey


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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 M├ęchant, "hand-stitched by Antananarivo women" of Madagascar is MALAGASY, not Madagascan, as written a few chapters later.

Apr 02, 2015

I started this book fully anticipating a good read, and I got one for the first third of the book. We are introduced to Hassan Haji and his family, and follow them as they become successful in India and then again in France. The dialogue is good, the characters are intriguing and the action carries you forward. Then the narrative falters, in my opinion, as Hassan moves into his adult life and along the path seemingly ordained in the stars for him. He is happy in his life and the conclusion of the story is a tidy little tie-up of loose ends.

Jan 07, 2015

If you enjoy cultural immersion, vivid description, and captivating characters...a worthwhile read.
Who cares if it's believable? At least it's not contrived.

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