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Synopsis

Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille” (The New York Times Book Review) in this “delicious fairytale-like read” (NPR) about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.

Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji 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 Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.

The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière 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.

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The Hundred-Foot Journey
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3.7 / 5
Read the book then watch the movie
April 15th, 2015
This is an exciting book. From the very start. It's colourful, flavorful and rich in culture. Highly recommended reading this book before watching the movie. Two thumbs up and a big toe! :)
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The Hundred-Foot Journey
November 3rd, 2014
A very well-written story of an Indian boy becoming a top French chef.More interesting than one would think.
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1 review
Interesting
October 23rd, 2014
Such a good read !!!!!!!!!!
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1 review
Great book
October 12th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. The characters and the food.
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1 review
Yum!
September 6th, 2014
Book is a feast. Enjoyable and absorbing. Very life affirming.
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4 reviews
Yum!
September 6th, 2014
Book is a feast. Enjoyable and absorbing. Very life affirming.
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4 reviews
Yum!
September 6th, 2014
Book is a feast. Enjoyable and absorbing. Very life affirming.
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4 reviews
Yum!
September 6th, 2014
Book is a feast. Enjoyable and absorbing. Very life affirming.
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4 reviews
The Hundred Foot Journey
August 23rd, 2014
A good read. Enlightening look into the restaurant industry. Some what superficial in that so many areas are touched upon but never delved into. Still interesting from a restaurant business perspective
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2 reviews
The Hundred Foot Journey
August 23rd, 2014
A good read. Enlightening look into the restaurant industry. Some what superficial in that so many areas are touched upon but never delved into. Still interesting from a restaurant business perspective
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2 reviews
The one hundred foot journey
August 16th, 2014
Lovely book. Salivating description.
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1 review
Lovely
August 14th, 2014
Lovely book. Great for aspiring chefs.
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1 review
The hundred foot journey
July 5th, 2014
Excellent book, superbly written...can't wait for the movie!
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1 review
Yummy!
February 1st, 2014
Every word is a delicious bite!
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