The Hundred-Foot Journey

I decided to read The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais because I saw the ad for the movie on TV. I like Helen Mirren, and I especially like stories with a food theme. And there’s a whole buffet of food mentioned in this story. Morais really had to do his homework and research for culinary info and he did it exceptionally well. I learned more about the various types of oysters than I ever wanted to know. Born above his grandfather’s restaurant in Mumbai, young Hassan Haji cuts his teeth on the wonderful aromas emanating from the kitchen downstairs. After a devastating family tragedy they move, lock, stock & kitchen pots, to London. Eventually the family settles in Lumiere in the French Alps, where they open the first Indian restaurant in the area, which just happens to be directly across the road from a well established French relais. (Hence The Hundred-Food Journey.) Owner Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the family but eventually recognizes the talent in young Hassan and offers to mentor him in the art of proper French cooking. Hassan leaves the comfort of his family to set off on an adventure he never imagined. This is a wonderful story, with a backdrop of food that will make your mouth water. Once again we’ve been treated to a really delicious book from a first-time author. I hope he plans to write more! Read it, then go see the movie. (A friend said it’s fantastic, all those wonderful descriptions of food are a feast for your eyes.)

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