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I found the beginning quarter of the book interesting, but it went radically downhill after that. The author sabotaged himself continuously with important events happening "off-screen," any compelling character being terribly short-shifted, and some of the worst transitions I've ever read. Just a poorly written book.
It was alright. Character development was not really there. I did enjoy all the details. But personally I liked the movie better. The two are quite different.
Loved the book. Couldn't get into the movie - it was that different from all the things I'd loved in the book. Pick one or the other and you'll probably be delighted. The book is marvellous.
Descriptive, feel good story
and foodies will also love it
Not having seen the movie, yet, I can tell you I'll like it more than I did the book. The first and second parts of the book were so different that I wonder if part of the novel was ghostwritten. (I suspect the movie is based on the first and better half of the book??.) There is a terrific build up with engaging characters and then THUD: It turns into a self-gratifying, culinary ramble with obnoxious amounts of name dropping. Very disappointing given the promise of the early chapters.
A Parisian chef reluctantly finds a rare gift in a young man from India.
If you are a foodie, this book is one to read. Although there are no recipes included by the author, the descriptions of international fare will make you want to check out a few Parisian, and Indian cookbooks.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone, although there are a few unnecessary descriptions in my opinion.
The Hundred-Foot Journey follows the life and culinary adventures of Hassan Haji. Cooking was definitely in his blood. His grandfather and father were both restaurant owners in Mumbai, India. After the family relocated to a small village in France, Hassan took a turn from traditional Indian cuisine and dove into the critical and complicated world of French cuisine.
Morais writes an interesting and unlikely rags to riches story. It is a joy to follow Hassan through each leg of his journey, but parts of the story seem a little rushed.
The authors attention to detail is what makes this small volume such a fascinating read, even if the tale is a little far-fetched.
There's one flaw - the table linen at Le Chien Méchant, "hand-stitched by Antananarivo women" of Madagascar is MALAGASY, not Madagascan, as written a few chapters later.
If you enjoy cultural immersion, vivid description, and captivating characters...a worthwhile read.
Who cares if it's believable? At least it's not contrived.
If the movie plot is based on the book then it is somewhat unbelievable.
The love story in the movie is the old Shakespeare R & J plot line done in an East Indian backdrop.
I may just borrow the book to ascertain what went wrong in the movie direction of this plot.
Sorry to not like this book, but some of the details about things like Papa's back being scrubbed and pimple-popped, added to the descriptions of smells and noise, made me a little woozy. Which means it was well-written, but which also means I don't want to immerse myself in it. And the recipes at the end.... sheep trotter soup? Ew.
I had a really hard time getting into this book, as more time was spent on the descriptions of the surroundings than the interactions between the characters in the first half of the book. The second half was better, but I still never really connected with any of the characters.
A wonderful and heartfelt story. Looking forward to the movie.
Excellent book! Vivid descriptions of the sights and smells of food that were wonderful to read. The characters are real and full, in a way they aren't in many popular books. Very enjoyable!
This was a delightful story and having all the right ingredients, should make an excellent film.
Absolutely agree that the first half of this book was captivating but the second half falls short. The character development is amazing early on, but interestingly when the main character becomes a chef, the characters are just caricatures and the story is just not believable. This should have beeb split into two novels to allow for a longer timeline.
It took me a while to get into it, but I ended up really enjoying it.
I found it interesting to read about how the main character transitions between different cultures and loved the character foils the author used to exemplify some of the differences. It had a nice sense of humour too.
Hassan Haji is born with perfect taste as Madame Mallory discovers to her chagrin: "That 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." So begins an endearing story of family and food.
Hassan tells his and his restaurant family?s journey from Mumbai to London to the foothills of the French Alps where he learns to cook at his grandmother Ammi?s side and then from two-star Michelin restaurateur Gertrude Mallory before opening his own Paris restaurant. It reads like a memoir; the characters seem like people you?ve read about in the food business. Soon to be in theaters as a summer movie.
Captivating, well-written story about the unlikely journey of a Muslim Indian boy from Bombay to the chef and owner of a Michelen three-star Parisian restauarnt. Unforgettably and richly described characters.
suggested by Gerry @ mission walk. culinary competition in small french village.