Today I finished the book The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. I so lovingly titled this blog post as "The Hundred-Foot Read" since I finished this book while walking on my treadmill.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is the story of a man from birth to success named Hassan Haji. Hassan is born in Mumbai from humble beginnings where his family is well known for their excellent and memorable food. As his family hovers in the disparity between poor and wealthy they are forced out all at once by raucous protesters. The Haji family moves to England and soon becomes lost in dreary repetition. Eventually the father sees fit to move his family around Europe, experiencing the delight of food all over again. This brings them to the sleepy little alpine town, Lumiere.
It is in Lumiere that Hassan finds his true calling after he is forced to cook for his father's restaurant. A 2 star chef (3 stars being the top ranked) takes Hassan under her wing after she discovers that he has a natural gift only found once in a generation. Under her instruction and guidance Hassan becomes uniquely skilled in French cuisine and soon makes his way to Paris. As the years roll by Hassan discovers his passion growing in leaps and bounds, eventually opening his own restaurant. With dedication Hassan eventually achieves the goal of a lifetime.
This book is truly a delicious read. Most of the time while I was reading I found myself hungry and desperate to try all the wonderful food. It's sweet and endearing while maintaining a wonderful simplicity. It's a book anyone could read and enjoy.
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