The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
So as of recently, I haven’t been doing a lot of reading. Because of the lack of reading, I’ll admit I had a lack of motivation for blogging as well. The good news? With summer finally here (I count anything between Memorial Day and Labor Day as officially summer), my reading has started to pick up, and with that, my motivation for putting up new posts!
The kick-off blog post of the summer is about The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. This book was a delightful read that stirs the reader’s emotions and appetite. Literally. I’ve actually never been so hungry reading a book as I was reading this. Born in Mumbai, the book’s main character, Hassan Haji grows up surrounded by the aromas, sights and sounds of Indian cooking that come from his father’s restaurant. Following the death of his mother, his entire family moves to Europe, eventually settling in a little town in France where they open a new Indian restaurant directly across from the restaurant of the famous French chef, Madame Mallory. What ensues in a culinary war between cultures that leads to the eventual mentorship of Hassan by Madame Mallory. For Madame Mallory sees in Hassan a great chef.
So like I said before, this book made me HUNGRY. I found myself craving foods that I’ve never even had before. I’d only had Indian food once in my life (a moment my dad and I look back on in laughter. It was so spicy we couldn’t handle it), and all of a sudden it was all I could think about. Then, the food evolves as Hassan evolves as a chef, creating interesting combinations of food that I can still only imagine must taste amazing. Along with the vivid food descriptions are The Hundret-Foot Journey‘s vivid and animated characters. All of Hassan’s family bring such life to the story and create an interesting contract to Madame Mallory and her strictly-run kitchen. The delicious food and interesting characters most definitely make a winning combination!
After finishing the book, I read the Q&A at the end with the author. Mr. Morais actually says that the book was really written with the thought that it could be made into a movie. This really made sense to me – I can easily see the plot being translated for the big screen. And, we’re in luck because this book has already been made into a movie that will be released soon! When I heard that Helen Mirren was cast as Madame Mallory, I knew that there was a lot of potential. After having watching the trailer, I’m even more excited to see it. You can watch the trailer by clicking here if you want (don’t worry, there’s no major spoilers, just lots feel-good emotion).
If you’re in the mood for something a little spicy, a little sweet, and an overall good book, be sure and check out Richard C. Morais’s The Hundred-Foot Journey. And let me know if you start craving Indian food too 😉