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The Hundred-Foot Journey

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 Lumiere, 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.
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"A delicious fairy-tale-like read." "Outstanding! Easily the best novel ever set in the world of cooking."--Anthony Bourdain ""The Hundred-Foot Journey" has great charm and is colorfully written, sensual and evocative. --Joanne Harris "author of Chocolat "" Outstanding! Easily the best novel ever set in the world of cooking. --Anthony Bourdain" "The Hundred-Foot Journey has great charm and is colorfully written, sensual and evocative."--Joanne Harris "author of Chocolat " 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" "This novel, of mythic proportions yet told with truly heartfelt realism, is a stunning tribute to the devotion of family and food. Bound to please anyone who has ever been happily coaxed to eat beyond the point of fullness, overwhelmed by the magnetism of 'just one more bite.'" "--Booklist (Starred Review)" Hassan Haji s tone of voice is something of a masterpiece, cosmopolitan but not entirely European either. And the quest for the Michelin stars is a real cliff-hanger. For anyone who loves food, and who cares for character, the book s a banquet. Lovely stuff. What a superb Merchant Ivory Production movie it would have made. Simon Callow, actor ("Four Weddings And A Funeral") and author of"Orson Welles: The Road To Xanadu". "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 "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 thatquestions, and ultimately celebrates, the twists and turns of an authentically lived life." --Elin Hilderbrand, author of "Barefoot" 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 passionRichard 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 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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