The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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The Hundred-foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai who embarks, along with his boisterous family, on a picaresque journey first to London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant opposite a famous chef, Madame Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumiere. A culinary war ensues, pitting Hassan's Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Michelin-starred cordon bleu, until Madame Mallory realizes that Hassan is a cook with natural talents far superior to her own. Full of eccentric characters, hilarious cultural mishaps, vivid settings and delicious meals described in rich, sensuous detail, Hassan's charming account lays bare the inner workings of the elite world of French haute cuisine, and provides a life-affirming and poignant coming-of-age tale.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 113 x 177 x 30mm | 212g
  • Surrey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781846883361
  • 151,560

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'Don't read this book if you're hungry. You might eat it.' Simon Beaufoy, Oscar-Award-winning screenwriter, Slumdog Millionaire 'I enjoyed this book very much. It has great charm and is colorfully written, sensual and evocative.' Joanne Harris '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 'For anyone who loves food, and who cares for character, the book's a banquet.' Simon Callow 'A culinary 'journey' from Mumbai to Paris.' The Independent 'A warm, lively and sensory novel, and above all, a loving homage to food.' Booktrust 'A well told and charming tale that explores our culinary differences.' Charles Campion, Food Critic, Evening Standard 'Morais's research into both French and Indian cultures and cuisines and into professional kitchens has clearly been rigorous, making from a vivacious backdrop to an engaging tale of love and loss.' Time Out 'I thoroughly enjoyed the book... I thought the book was well written, evocative and engaging. I read it in a matter of days and didn't want it to end, enjoying the story as well as the little insights and secrets of cooking traditional French dishes.' Anjum Anand 'Delightful novel, a perfect summer read which spices the volatility of human relationships with the sensuality of exquisite food.'YOU Magazine
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About Richard C. Morais

Morais's debut novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, is the international best-seller that has sold in 21 territories around the world. His first book, an unauthorized biography of Pierre Cardin, was published by Bantam Press in 1991 to critical acclaim. He currently lives in New York, where he is also the editor of Barron's Penta, a quarterly magazine and website offering insights and advice to affluent families. An American born in Lisbon and raised in Zurich, Morais lived in London for 17 years, where he served as Forbes magazine's European Bureau Chief. His second novel Buddhaland Brooklyn is also published by Alma Books.
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2 10% (2,616)
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