Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais  245 pp.

A lively Indian family of restaurateurs emigrates to Europe after a family tragedy. They settle in a small French Alpine village where they open a restaurant in a mansion across from a classic French restaurant and it's owner/chef the indomitable Madame Mallory. Mme. Mallory is incensed by the popularity of the Indian interlopers and does her best to get rid of them. Then an accident causes a change of heart and she takes on young Hassan Haji as an apprentice. Under her tutelage he learns classic French cooking techniques and goes on to Paris to work as a sous chef and later open his own restaurant. The "hundred foot journey" represents the distance between and yet the closeness of the different cultures that clash and come together in the story. I have yet to see the film based on this book but plan to soon.

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