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The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

What a Wonderful Story!

I loved, loved, loved, this book. Had a hard time putting it down and couldn't wait to pick it up again. I'm not a "cook" by any stretch of the imagination, and really just recently started trying new recipes and experimenting with flavors and spices, so I wasn't sure i...
I loved, loved, loved, this book. Had a hard time putting it down and couldn't wait to pick it up again. I'm not a "cook" by any stretch of the imagination, and really just recently started trying new recipes and experimenting with flavors and spices, so I wasn't sure if this book was going to appeal to me. NO WORRIES! You do not have to know much about cooking at all, but maybe just have an appreciation for the dining experience and love a really well-written, vivid, and passionately told story. The characters were so well written, they just came out of the pages as well as the author's descriptions of the food and the atmosphere of a restaurant/kitchen. I simply fell in love with Hassan and the entire cast of characters. I kept thinking what a great film it would make!!!

posted by slb62 on August 31, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The writing is lush, very descriptive of the tastes, smells, and sights.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a young Indian boy who grows up above his grandfather's restaurant in Mumbai. A tragic incident prompts his family to flee to France were Hassan shows an unexpected talent and taste for haute cuisine. The novel follo...
The Hundred-Foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a young Indian boy who grows up above his grandfather's restaurant in Mumbai. A tragic incident prompts his family to flee to France were Hassan shows an unexpected talent and taste for haute cuisine. The novel follows his ensuing career as a chef and the fate of his family in France.

The first part of the book centers on Hassan's family, his history and the importance of food in his life. The writing is lush, very descriptive of the tastes, smells, and sights. The characters are interesting and the plot is fast-paced. However, after Hassan becomes a chef the thread of the story changes. The second half of the book is mostly about the politics of the restaurant world in France. The star system of ranking, the changes in haute cuisine, and the hierarchy among chefs. I didn't like this part nearly as well and I felt like Hassan's progress was stagnant. He seems to stop developing much as a person after a certain point.

Still, a pleasant, easy read and not bad at all for a first novel. I'll be interested to see what Richard Morais writes next.

posted by Frisbeesage on August 17, 2010

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  • Posted August 17, 2010

    The writing is lush, very descriptive of the tastes, smells, and sights.

    The Hundred-Foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a young Indian boy who grows up above his grandfather's restaurant in Mumbai. A tragic incident prompts his family to flee to France were Hassan shows an unexpected talent and taste for haute cuisine. The novel follows his ensuing career as a chef and the fate of his family in France.

    The first part of the book centers on Hassan's family, his history and the importance of food in his life. The writing is lush, very descriptive of the tastes, smells, and sights. The characters are interesting and the plot is fast-paced. However, after Hassan becomes a chef the thread of the story changes. The second half of the book is mostly about the politics of the restaurant world in France. The star system of ranking, the changes in haute cuisine, and the hierarchy among chefs. I didn't like this part nearly as well and I felt like Hassan's progress was stagnant. He seems to stop developing much as a person after a certain point.

    Still, a pleasant, easy read and not bad at all for a first novel. I'll be interested to see what Richard Morais writes next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Wonderful Story & Lots of Food !!!!

    I read this before I saw the movie, and I'm glad I did. The book covered details of the different recipes a bit more than I needed, but it didn't overwhelm the "people story", which was changed a bit to fit a two hour film.I would call this a "nice read" as a warm up for a " great film" !

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Left me with some indigestion...

    I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Great character development and understanding by the author of what a good story is. Second half left me cold. The author seemed to lose the purpose and richness of relationships that he brought to the table in the first half. I definitely felt rushed through dessert and coffee on this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2010

    Insightful read

    I enjoyed this book's correlation between food, family, and life.

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