THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY by Richard C. Morais

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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.

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Comments: The descriptions in this novel were lovely. I felt educated by the content. It was written superbly. The content had some questionable moral but nothing graphic really. Some adolescent awkwardness, but mostly just FOOD tantalizing descriptions of exotic foods. I really enjoyed this novel.

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