The Hundred-foot Journey

A Novel

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Hundred-foot Journey
"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 Lumière, a small village in the French Alps. The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière 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, ©2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439165645
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: vii, 245 pages ; 23 cm


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Release date: August 8

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Jan 07, 2015
  • princesspupule rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 02, 2015
  • waltersheluk rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

If the movie plot is based on the book then it is somewhat unbelievable.

The love story in the movie is the old Shakespeare R & J plot line done in an East Indian backdrop.

I may just borrow the book to ascertain what went wrong in the movie direction of this plot.

Jan 02, 2015
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sorry to not like this book, but some of the details about things like Papa's back being scrubbed and pimple-popped, added to the descriptions of smells and noise, made me a little woozy. Which means it was well-written, but which also means I don't want to immerse myself in it. And the recipes at the end.... sheep trotter soup? Ew.

Dec 11, 2014
  • dlh1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I had a really hard time getting into this book, as more time was spent on the descriptions of the surroundings than the interactions between the characters in the first half of the book. The second half was better, but I still never really connected with any of the characters.

Nov 16, 2014

A great book for foodies.

Oct 24, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderful and heartfelt story. Looking forward to the movie.

Oct 17, 2014

Excellent book! Vivid descriptions of the sights and smells of food that were wonderful to read. The characters are real and full, in a way they aren't in many popular books. Very enjoyable!

Aug 19, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a delightful story and having all the right ingredients, should make an excellent film.

Jul 27, 2014
  • swong1000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Absolutely agree that the first half of this book was captivating but the second half falls short. The character development is amazing early on, but interestingly when the main character becomes a chef, the characters are just caricatures and the story is just not believable. This should have beeb split into two novels to allow for a longer timeline.

May 20, 2014
  • blolo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to get into it, but I ended up really enjoying it.
I found it interesting to read about how the main character transitions between different cultures and loved the character foils the author used to exemplify some of the differences. It had a nice sense of humour too.

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