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I giggled when I read a review that called this book a cross between Ratatouille and Slumdog Millionaire , but after finishing this excellent summer read I must agree that s pretty spot on This book is such a joy to read It s one of those books where you keep flipping back to the author s bio because you can t imagine how someone wrote this book from their imagination The scenes were so rich and full of life I wanted it to be a memoir, not a work of fiction The larger than life characters su I giggled when I read a review that called this book a cross between Ratatouille and Slumdog Millionaire , but after finishing this excellent summer read I must agree that s pretty spot on This book is such a joy to read It s one of those books where you keep flipping back to the author s bio because you can t imagine how someone wrote this book from their imagination The scenes were so rich and full of life I wanted it to be a memoir, not a work of fiction The larger than life characters surrounding Hassan Haji Indian street cook turned famous Parisian chef are so well written You will fall in love with his brash father and lively mentor especially during their years of warring The scenes describing cuisine and cooking were so vibrant it compelled me to try for the first time making curries of my own I m telling you, this book gets under your skin The imagery of this whole book was so rich I am sure I will re read it again at some point My only wish was that it was longer I highly recommend this book to foodies of all types and anyone who loves a vibrant read I enjoyed the first part of this story Morais deftly captured the colorful and spicy flavor that is India There were some lovely descriptions of Italy and the alpine region in France, where the Haji family finally settles, but like a poorly prepared souffl , the whole thing collapsed halfway through A book about food, especially French food, should make your mouth water As I began reading I remembered my experience with Chocolat, and I expected culinary magic Instead, I mostly encountered c I enjoyed the first part of this story Morais deftly captured the colorful and spicy flavor that is India There were some lovely descriptions of Italy and the alpine region in France, where the Haji family finally settles, but like a poorly prepared souffl , the whole thing collapsed halfway through A book about food, especially French food, should make your mouth water As I began reading I remembered my experience with Chocolat, and I expected culinary magic Instead, I mostly encountered culinary carnage this book was like a manual for how to kill and eat anything in the animal kingdom It was like touring a slaughterhouse The carnage that begins with the pig butchering, which I suppose was symbolic of Hassan s lifelong obsession with French food, is almost disgustingly detailed You probably wouldn t eat a hamburger while watching a cow get butchered, so I can t understand why Morais went to the trouble to include so many grisly details This book was like The Jungle, slathered in Garam Masala and sprinkled with Herbes de Provence More disappointing than the food, was the character of Hassan, who though he may be gifted in the kitchen, turns out to have no depth as a character Where does his special gift come from From what inner source does he pull this one in a million ability I have no idea Betty Crocker haspizazz Part of the problem is that Morais discarded Madame Mallory and Hassan s Papa halfway through the narrative In order for Hassan to be interesting, we needed these two other characters, which were so overdone at times that they seemed almost caricatures, to balance Hassan out Without Madame Mallory and Papa, Hassan is about as flat and interesting as a two day old piece of naan Overall, this novel disappointed me I actually think it will make a much better movie, which is apparently what the author wanted all along see Acknowledgements Working on a book committee for our Library, I was encouraged to read this for our program this year The colorful programming possibilities covering four cultures, a variety of foods, music and tastes was intriguing Unfortunately the book falls short on several points and we probably will not be using it This is a very easy read, with good character development, easy to follow story and simple relationships The author uses excellent descriptive language to draw you into the story, and it s n Working on a book committee for our Library, I was encouraged to read this for our program this year The colorful programming possibilities covering four cultures, a variety of foods, music and tastes was intriguing Unfortunately the book falls short on several points and we probably will not be using it This is a very easy read, with good character development, easy to follow story and simple relationships The author uses excellent descriptive language to draw you into the story, and it s not hard to place yourself in the various colorful locales he uses in the story Without completely giving the ending away, I will say that while Hassan has his ups and downs during his coming of age period and while establishing his career, it finishes on a very high note For those who like happy endings, this is a very good thing.Now for the not so good The author attempts to use an Indian Arabic accent for the characters which seems contrived and forced It doesn t sound accurate and in fact makes the characters a little less believable He starts out with the narrator and main character in the book Hassan Haji describing intricate details about his grandfather in the food business in the 1950 s including his cooking, ingredients, every smell, color, etc And yet Hassan is born in 1975 and he is speaking in the first person OoopsNext, Hassan s mother suffers a terrible tragedy and yet the author only spends about 1 1 2 pages covering that and moves on For a child, this realistically should ve been coveredthoroughly.Then as Hassan moves past the age of 18, we see certain milestones in his life go by His internship under Madame Mallory, his first serious relationship with Margaret, his acceptance as a chef at a prominent restaurant in Paris, the establishment of his own restaurant and reputation Through this all I keep remembering that he was supposedly born in 1975 and the original copyright for this book was 2008 2010 By the end of the story he is 42 years old, which would make the year 2017 The author mentions one recession around 2008, which would be historically correct, but then mentions another one around the time when Hassan is forty, which would be 2015 He also mentions a French war briefly, but adds no details Is this a future war involving France He mentions Hassan s hands shaking briefly at the end of one chapter but then goes nowhere with that and it becomes a dead end in the story Finally the story makes numerous and detailed mention of the selection, hunting, slaughtering, preparation and consumption of numerous animals in almost every chapter The use of blood for sauces, slit throats, automatic chicken processing, hunting juvenile boar, etc While I m not a vegetarian by any means, I can see how this book will clearly NOT appeal to any vegans out there.So in summary, while the basic story is good, it has several problems which perhaps should ve been worked out before publication The contrived accents are unnecessary, the numerous and highly detailed references to slaughtering animals, the dismissal of his mother s death and the timeline problems all make the story less believable The initial feeling, when starting out the book, was a lyrical ode to good writing and good food All the elements were there Imagine, being born with your first sensation of life being the smell of machli ka salan, a spicy fish curry, made in a homely restaurant in Mumbai, on the Napean Sea Road, to be exact Hassan Haji s grandfather s humble food emporium Not that it was one of the star rated establishment of Mombai His homeless grandfather started out as a street vendor and excelled to h The initial feeling, when starting out the book, was a lyrical ode to good writing and good food All the elements were there Imagine, being born with your first sensation of life being the smell of machli ka salan, a spicy fish curry, made in a homely restaurant in Mumbai, on the Napean Sea Road, to be exact Hassan Haji s grandfather s humble food emporium Not that it was one of the star rated establishment of Mombai His homeless grandfather started out as a street vendor and excelled to his own restaurant where the family served food downstairs and lived up above It wasa transitional zone between the desperately poor and the upper echelons of Indian society But Hassan s nose for good food was born the minute he inhaled his first breath in this world The magic was born right there and then.Due to political unrest, his family decided to leave India and head out for Britain and France It is here where Hassan s life would change to become one of the top chefs in the country It would take many years to reach his ambition The first half of the book was pure joy Fun, family and food feast Warring neighbors added spice, a lot of it, to the settling of the Haji s family in the small town in the mountains There was love and laughter on the menu of life in this quaint village, called Lumi re, in the Alpine region of France.The second half of the book became a memoir in fictional form of the politics and challenges of the French food industry From the slaughtering of all available animals, to the mechanisms in the market, to the pretentious Maitre Ds adorning the entrances to restaurants a blend of barbarous operations to the snobbery and superficiality of modern French cuisine The initial characters boiled away, evaporating into the ether of obscurity They were dropped like dull eyed fish on the farmer s market of Lumi re.Madame Mallory warned HassanNever forget a snob is a person utterly lacking in good taste Good taste is not the birthright of snobs, but a gift from God sometimes found in the most unlikely of places and in the unlikeliest of people Madame Mallory had spent the first part of the morning tour making me smell and taste various cabbages the savoy, chubby little cancan dancers luridly fanning their ruffled green petticoats so we could get a sneak peek at their delicately pale and parting leaves inside, and the giant red cabbage, deep in color, like a bon vivant soused in a ruby red port wine before showing up merrily on the stall s counter The thing you need to understand, Hassan, is that kohlrabi is the bridge between the cabbage and the turnip, and it melds the flavors of both vegetables Remember that It s a subtle but important distinction that will help you decide when one vegetable is an ideal side dish, but not the otherThe prose in the first half of the book was simply scrumptious Sadly, soon after, Paris would happen to Hassan Where loneliness, hard work and prestige became his menu de jour, and the warmth of the mountain community became a forgotten after taste.The Parisian hoi polloi of culinary couture took something fundamental and changed it into a festival of fake food furHassan It was logical, with my heritage, that I would be drawn to Chef Mafitte s world cuisine, which seemed to revel in combining the most bizarre ingredients from the most exotic corners of the earth, but if I leaned in any direction, it was toward Paul s French classicism Charles Mafitte s laboratory creations were highly original, creative, and even at times breathtaking, but I could not help coming to the conclusion his culinary contrivances were, in the end, a triumph of style over substance And yet it was undeniably his chemical cooking that had struck a chord with the critics and public alike these last several years, and, like it or not, Paul s classically ornate fare was pass and seemed, in comparison, hopelessly outdated But Paul was all honest blood and bones and meaty substance, and I, for one, was going to miss him deeplyIn a full circle moment, after climbing the ladder of success to the very top, Hassan finally realized that pheasant food like his grandmother taught him to make, like the ordinary people of France prepare in their kitchens, was the language of love, family, real friends The real language of real food A sense of loss and longing, for Mummy and India For lovable, noisy Papa For Madame Mallory, my teacher, and for the family I never had, sacrificed on the altar of my ambition For my late friend Paul Verdun For my beloved grandmother, Ammi, and her delicious pearlspot, all of which I missed, on this day, of all daysIt was his good friend, Paul, who tried to tell him something, while they were both bowing to the accolades of fameNever, in all the three star restaurants of France, will you taste anything finer, he said We toil and toil, until we are exhausted, and nothing we do, if we are honest, will ever be as good as this, a simple bowl of tripeThe movie, produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah, centered around the first half of the book with its strong story of family, love and hilarious cultural complexities The ending was rewritten completely It was by far the best version of the story They zoned in on what should have been the main focus of the book A highly internationally acclaimed chef once, many years ago, told me that the best food on earth are made by the mothers of this world I googled him this morning After cooking for the presidents of the world, and acting as executive chef for international five star hotel chains, winning numerous prestigious international awards, he has gone back to his roots, opening up his own caf and bakery in Georgia, serving his mother s recipes to a raving crowd This is basically the message in this book as well The ending did not reflect it and it should have There wasn t a real ending The story just stopped Period No closure of anything A quick, hasty mention of family who did not feature strongly in the beginning half the book, createdconfusion than anything else.In retrospect it is clear that the book should actually not be compared to the movie at all, since the endings are so vastly different and the heart of both stories are totally the opposite of each other The second half of the book is about food and a lackluster cast of characters thrown in as back drop The movie, on the other hand, was about love and family, with the magic of food as a strong focus binding them all together.The book focus on a young talented chef who, while still mastering the art of traditional cooking, was invited to learn thesophisticated art of a new culture and culinary world He was taken from one world to another All it took was a hundred foot journey across a street From a warm, loving, supportive richly flavored environment, he stepped into the world of a cold calculating, competitive, snobbish and pretentious world of circus clowns who high jacked a truck full of vegetables and did not quite know how to hide the vegetables earthly origins The magic was gone Hassan And so, next day, Auntie and Mehtab helped me pack my bag and I crossed the street A lot of emotion went into that hundred foot journey, cardboard suitcase in hand, from one side of Lumi re s boulevard to the other Before me the sugar dusted willow tree, the leaded windows and the lace curtains, the elegant inn where even the warped wooden steps were soaked in great French traditions And there, standing on Le Saule Pleureur s stone steps, in white aprons, the taciturn Madame Mallory and kind Monsieur Leblanc, an elderly couple waiting with outstretched hands for their newly adopted son It was such a small journey, in feet, but it felt as if I were striding from one end of the universe to the other, the light of the Alps illuminating my wayNevertheless, it is still a good read, very informative, although the souffle fell flat, when the novel ended and a memoir began, and when the oven door closed on Hassan s life in Lumi re May you, when times are hard, always find a moment for a restorative meal in the company of true friends and a loving family Richard C Morais This book was such a delight to read, or rather listen to If you re looking for a feel good book that makes you laugh and your tummy rumble, then this might be the book for you I am by no means a gourmand, but I love reading about food adventures, and especially about how food unites peoples and cultures The strange events that lead Hassan Haji from his family owned restaurant on the Mumbai coast to the French Alps is the backdrop of this quaint novel Tutored at a young age in the art of coo This book was such a delight to read, or rather listen to If you re looking for a feel good book that makes you laugh and your tummy rumble, then this might be the book for you I am by no means a gourmand, but I love reading about food adventures, and especially about how food unites peoples and cultures The strange events that lead Hassan Haji from his family owned restaurant on the Mumbai coast to the French Alps is the backdrop of this quaint novel Tutored at a young age in the art of cooking by his grandmother, Hassan inherits an artist s eye for flavoring and exotic food combinations view spoiler Before he knows it, he s on his way to becoming one of the most sought after chefs in Paris hide spoiler While magical realism plays a key role in foodie fiction favorites like Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, the plausible storyline of this novel made itof an original little treat Moreover, the marriage of two completely different cultures put me in mind of how well done The Elegance of the Hedgehog was, and also why the French are so stinking cool I cannot wait to watch this film I am a die hard Helen Mirren fan Lovely novel written by the novelist and journalist Richard C Moraisdelicious read concerning food and spicesa novel about passion and persistence which lead us to what we really love and appreciate in lifeHassan the indian narrator and his family from Mumbai to Paris ,and the hundred foot Journey that he had to take between the Indian kitchen and a traditional French one, to become a well known chef with distinctive talanta journey between different cultures, traditions and cooking Soon to be a major motion picture starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Juliet Blake, DreamWorks Studios, and Participant MediaThat skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that comes along once a generation He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born He is an artist And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life s journey in Richard Morais s charming novel, The Hundred Foot Journey Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, The Hundred Foot Journey is a succulent treat about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good tasteBorn above his grandfather s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumi re, a small village in the French AlpsThe boisterous Haji family takes Lumi re by storm They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais that of the famous chef Madame Mallory and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures The Hundred Foot Journey is about how the hundred foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages charming, endearing, and compulsively readable Read as part of the ABN Summer Reading Challenge recommended by JoyceI remember sitting down to watch the film adaptation of this some time ago and getting distracted rather quickly and never completing the film Perhaps that should have been an omen This book started off so well with its intoxicating descriptions of food and smells But then it quickly grew tiresome and dissolved into a poorly plotted book about an Indian man who becomes a Parisian restaurateur and Michelin starred chef C Read as part of the ABN Summer Reading Challenge recommended by JoyceI remember sitting down to watch the film adaptation of this some time ago and getting distracted rather quickly and never completing the film Perhaps that should have been an omen This book started off so well with its intoxicating descriptions of food and smells But then it quickly grew tiresome and dissolved into a poorly plotted book about an Indian man who becomes a Parisian restaurateur and Michelin starred chef Characters lacked any memorably defining personalities instead feeling rather flat and contrived The plot Well there really was none It was just a succession of memories and events that feltlike a stilted memoir Sadly this wasn t for me If the book had perhaps ended after Hassan s time in Lumi re rather than follow his story to Paris then this would have hadheart But it didn t And any good feeling I had about the book to that point disappeared in the mundanities of restaurant life 3.5 4 starsThe mouths of foodies will be watering as they read this novel about the fictional Hassan Haji s life After his family s restaurant was destroyed in Mumbai, his father took the family to Europe to distance himself from the tragedy A few years later, their car breaks down in the French village of Lumiere, a beautiful setting near the Alps, and they decide to stay.Hassan s bearlike, boisterous father opens a casual Indian restaurant across the street from the award winning Le Saule Pl 3.5 4 starsThe mouths of foodies will be watering as they read this novel about the fictional Hassan Haji s life After his family s restaurant was destroyed in Mumbai, his father took the family to Europe to distance himself from the tragedy A few years later, their car breaks down in the French village of Lumiere, a beautiful setting near the Alps, and they decide to stay.Hassan s bearlike, boisterous father opens a casual Indian restaurant across the street from the award winning Le Saule Pleureur, owned by Madame Mallory The two colorful restaurant owners wage war until an accident lands Hassan in the hospital Madame Mallory regrets her attitude, and takes Hassan on as an apprentice in her elegant French restaurant Hassan crosses the road in a hundred foot journey from Indian to fine French cuisine This is the beginning of an exciting career for Hassan who was born with an exceptional culinary gift.The story was infused with the smells and sights of both the Indian and French kitchens Temperamental chefs are a source of humor in the story Food critics and the Michelin star system add immense pressure to the job of a chef Although I would love to fly to Paris for a restaurant tour, I think I will have to settle for seeing the movie based on this charming book The movie, starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Manish Dayal, will be opening in August 2014 WARNING SPOILERS I blame Helen Mirren Her participation in the film haven t seen it made me think this would be something I d want to read I wasn t a huge fan of this book After the main character goes to Paris, I found myself thinking, why am I still here I had no idea what sort of character arc conclusion goal we were still reaching for, as I think the author set a few up the can t commit to a girl thing and then failed to deliver in a satisfying way his romantic development being WARNING SPOILERS I blame Helen Mirren Her participation in the film haven t seen it made me think this would be something I d want to read I wasn t a huge fan of this book After the main character goes to Paris, I found myself thinking, why am I still here I had no idea what sort of character arc conclusion goal we were still reaching for, as I think the author set a few up the can t commit to a girl thing and then failed to deliver in a satisfying way his romantic development being abandoned with the move to Paris While Margaret s appearance near the book s end suggests they might pick things back up, their involvement is an afterthought The third star comes about as a half assed surprise, but feltlike a success for ol Gertie than it did for Hassan I felt way too much importance was placed on the death of Paul, a character we hardly know, while so little was placed on Hassan s father s death I like talking reading about food probablythan the average person, but it felt likeattention was paid to nailing the food aspect than character story development Ironically, all the fancy pants food references, to me, came off as snobby, which is something we learn at the end Gertie was trying to steer him away from by keeping an open mind I liked the rivalry early on, the lively characters of his family, the psuedo romance, the Madame s transformation, but just about everything after the move to Paris was boring as hell