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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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"Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille" (The New York Times Book Review) in this "delicious fairytale-like read" (NPR) about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste. 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 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. The Hundred-Foot Journey 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. A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages--charming, endearing, and compulsively readable.
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"The novel's charm lies in its improbability: it's 'Slumdog Millionaire' meets 'Ratatouille.'" --New York Times Book Review "Serious foodies will swoon. Morais throws himself into the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event." --Washington Post Book Review The novel s charm lies in its improbability: it s Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille. --New York Times Book Review" Serious foodies will swoon. Morais throws himself into the kind of descriptive writing that makes reading a gastronomic event. --Washington Post Book Review" The novels charm lies in its improbability: its Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille. "--New York Times Book Review" "Morais delves into a rich, imagery-filled culinary world that begins in Bombay and ends in Paris, tracing the career of Hassan Haji as he becomes a famed Parisian chef. From vibrantly depicted French markets and restaurant kitchens to the lively and humorously portrayed Haji family, Morais engulfs the reader in Hassan's wondrous world of discovery. Regardless of one's relationship with food, this novel will spark the desire to wield a whisk or maybe just a knife and fork.""--Publishers Weekly" "Precise descriptive writing offers much to savor in this bouillabaisse of a first novel." --Kirkus Reviews ""The Hundred-Foot Journey" has great charm and is colorfully written, sensual and evocative." --Joanne Harris, author of "Chocolat" "This tale of restaurant rivalry and a desperate quest for Michelin Stars is beautifully told. From India to France, Richard Morais takes his caravanserai of eccentric characters and mouth-watering recipes on an unlikely journey from the teeming streets of Mumbai to a quiet village in rural France. I have never experienced that most subtle of senses--smell--captured so well in print. The aroma of fine cooking just floats off the pages. Don't read this book if you're hungry. You might eat it." -- Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-award winning screenwriter, "Slumdog Millionaire" "Cooking and writing at a high level require great passion--exactly the kind of passion Richard Morais has poured into "The Hundred-Foot Journey", the story of an Indian boy who discovers he has an extraordinary gift for cooking." --Michael Ruhlman, author of "Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking" "A page-turner that captures the extent to which nostalgia and imagination are a part of the craft of cooking, while vividly conjuring the sights and smells of the kitchen. In "The Hundred Foot Journey" food isn't just a theme, it's a main character." --Tom Colicchio, Chef/ Owner Craft restaurants A delicious culinary romp from the beaches of Bombay to the peaks of Paris Haute Cuisine. Very charming and a delight to savor." --Padma Lakshmi, ""author of "Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet" and host of Bravo TV's "Top Chef" "Precise descriptive writing offers much to savor in this bouillabaisse of a first novel." --Kirkus Reviews "This tale of restaurant rivalry and a desperate quest for Michelin Stars is beautifully told. From India to France, Richard Morais takes his caravanserai of eccentric characters and mouth-watering recipes on an unlikely journey from the teeming streets of Mumbai to a quiet village in rural France. I have never experienced that most subtle of senses-smell-captured so well in print. The aroma of fine cooking just floats off the pages. Don't read this book if you're hungry. You might eat it." -- Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-award winning screenwriter, "Slumdog Millionaire" "In "The Hundred Foot Journey", Richard C. Morais conjures a richly-woven tapestry of exotic sights, smells and tastes that transports the reader to a world of epicurean delights. This is a charming, deeply felt novel that questions, and ultimately celebrates, the twists and turns of an authentically lived life." --Elin Hilderbrand, author of "Barefoot" "A page-turner that captures the extent to which nostalgia and imagination are a part of the craft of cooking, while vividly conjuring the sights and smells of the kitchen. In "The Hundred Foot Journey" food isn't just a theme, it's a main character." --Tom Colicchio, Chef/ Owner Craft restaurants "A gorgeous novel, vivid and intimate, tracing a journey from kitchen to kitchen, from culture to culture, with a perfect touch." --Susan Orlean, author of "The Orchid Thief" "Outstanding! A completely engaging human story heavily larded with the lushest, most high-test food porn since Zola. Easily the best novel ever set in the world of cooking --and absolutely thrilling from beginning to end. I wished it went on for another three hundred pages." --Anthony Bourdain, author of "Kitchen Confidential"

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