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The Hundred-foot Journey

A Novel
Morais, Richard C. (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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. 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.
Authors: Morais, Richard C., 1960-
Title: The hundred-foot journey
a novel
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2010.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Characteristics: 245 p. ;,22 cm.
Notes: "An earlier edition of this work was originally published in India in 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers India"--T.p. verso.
Paperback includes conversation with the author, recipes, reading group guide (unpaged).
Summary: "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. 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.
ISBN: 9781439165645
1439165645
9781476765853
1476765855
9781611292985
Statement of Responsibility: Richard C. Morais
Subject Headings: Cooks Fiction. East Indians France Fiction. Restaurants France Fiction. Alps, French (France) Fiction.
Topical Term: Cooks
East Indians
Restaurants
LCCN: 2009050619
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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.

Jul 19, 2012
  • wsbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Captivating, well-written story about the unlikely journey of a Muslim Indian boy from Bombay to the chef and owner of a Michelen three-star Parisian restauarnt. Unforgettably and richly described characters.

Dec 01, 2011
  • kerrysview rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Much of this book was pleasing, from the evocative descriptions of Indian and French food to the beautifully portrayed family members. Unfortunately the period covered was too great and the second half of the book seemed to lack the vibrancy of the earlier years in India.

suggested by Gerry @ mission walk. culinary competition in small french village.

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