Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 272 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.28 in
Published: August 9, 2011
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439165653
ISBN - 13: 9781439165652
From the Publisher
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
"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."
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 taste.
Born 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 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
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.
About the Author
Richard C. Morais is the editor of Penta, a Barron¿s website and quarterly magazine. An American raised in Switzerland, Morais has lived most of his life overseas, returning to the United States in 2003. He is the author of The Hundred-Foot Journey, which is a New York Times Bestseller. He also wrote Buddhaland Brooklyn.
"The novel's charm lies in its improbability: it's 'Slumdog
Millionaire' meets 'Ratatouille.'"
--New York Times Book Review