The Hundred-Foot Journey

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  • New Paperback | 288 pp.
  • ISBN: 9781846883323
  • Published: 2014

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Now a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren, directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake, Dreamworks and Participant Media

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 Lumière. 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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"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 colourfully 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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Follow author Richard C. Morais on twitter @richardcmorais and on his website www.richardcmorais.com

Read an excerpt from The Hundred-foot Journey

Video: Richard C. Morais asked one of New York's top chefs, Floyd Cardoz, to teach him how to make two dishes from The Hundred-Foot Journey




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Born in Lisbon and raised in Switzerland, Richard C. Morais started his career in journalism in New York City in 1984 and moved to London in 1986, where he lived for seventeen years working for Forbes, before returning to the United States in 2003. He is the editor of Penta, a Barron’s website and quarterly magazine, and the author of The Hundred-Foot Journey and Buddhaland Brooklyn.


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