Reviewed by Poppy J.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a story of a chef in the making. Hassan Haji details how his father was instrumental in developing an understanding of the Zen nature of food to Hassan. The narrator’s father took the family from rags to riches in a story that uses food as a colorful backdrop to every life stage, from childhood all the way to manhood.
The Haji family discovers that they cannot hide from their destiny, and through a twist of fate, they find themselves moving from Mumbai, to London, to Lumiere, a small town near the French Alps. Hassan’s father’s entrepreneurial spirit is resurrected again and again to become the driving force in the new community that they will call home. And the family becomes instrumental in bringing the scents and complex beautiful tastes of India to the people in their new community.
The first half of the story centers on Hassan and the life experiences that taught him about trust, relationships, loyalty and of course, preparing and enjoying food. The second half of the story introduces the character Madame Mallory, and discloses the process by which Hassan finds himself on the cusp of attaining his lifelong dreams.
The Hundred-Foot Journey chronicles personal growth and describes the triumphs and sadness of the narrator and his family, the Hajis. Hassan’s parents kept the faith in their religion and trusted that they would always be successful if they never gave up. Hassan shares many intimate details of his life and captivates the reader from the very first page.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is inspirational on many levels, and I’d recommend it to anyone, of any age and any faith. The language is so colorful, alive and uniquely descriptive. I felt as if I were right alongside the characters in the kitchens and open air markets at the stalls buying the freshest food in the entire world.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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