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 Lumiere. 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.
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 colorfully written, sensual and evocative - Joanne Harris A well told and charming tale that explores our culinary differences - Charles Campion, Food Critic, Evening Standard For anyone who loves food, and who cares for character, the book's a banquet. - Simon Callow