By Richard C. Morais
Simon and Schuster, Copyright 2010
256 pages, ISBN 978-1-43916564-5
Quote from the book: "...my nose poked out as far as possible and searching the air for that aromatic packet of cardamom, fish heads, and palm oil, which, even at that young age, somehow suggested there were unfathomable riches to be discovered and savored..."
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a feast for the senses that will nourish and inspire you to be your best. Rather than gulping the book, I grazed leisurely savoring each tasty morsel.
What's your destiny in life? For Hassan Haji it was always food and cooking. Now a successful French Chef with three Michelin stars to his name, he reflects on his life, family and the important mentors who made a difference.
Author Richard Morais takes us on this culinary life adventure from the streets of Mumbai to the French Alps and eventually Paris. The smells and tastes of Indian and French food drift through each page.
This is a story of dealing with the good and bad in life. It's about family and the unique bond we share. There's also a strong message here about what it takes to be a success. Once you find your passion in life, you must step out of your comfort zone and take a chance at opportunity.
My favorite character is Madame Mallory who at first feels threatened by the talent of young chef Hassan. Her world has been turned upside down when his family opens up an Indian restaurant across the street from hers. The two restaurants are not compatible in the small French town of Lumiere. Eventually she becomes his mentor and invites Hassan to take the 100 foot journey across the street to study with her.
If you're passionate about food and cooking, you'll love this story. I also think it's perfect for someone starting out in their career regardless of occupation. Even the older crowd (me included) can benefit from this reminder to encourage someone young on his or her journey.
Thanks to Simon and Schuster, I have two copies of
The Hundred-Foot Journey to give away.
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My thanks to Rose Marie Morse at InkWell Management for the Advanced Reader's Copy and the opportunity to participate in the author's blog tour.
For author information visit Richard Morais' website.