Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Hundred Foot Journey - A Book Review and Giveaway

 The Hundred Foot Journey
After reviewing several cook books with narrative content, I was intrigued by the offer of a review copy of The Hundred Foot Journey, which is classed as Foodie Fiction  - a genre new to me. 
Written by Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey has recently been made into a film starring Helen Mirren . The film will be released in the US on 8th August and in the UK on 12th September. It tells the story of a culinary war between a boisterous Indian family who open a restaurant in a sleepy French village opposite a renowned Michelin-starred chef. 
The book tells the life story of Hassan, a budding young Indian chef whose career takes off in a very different direction to the one his family have planned for him, after they move first to England and then to France. There are touching and sometimes tragic scenes, as well as many humorous moments, as Hassan gains recognition for his culinary skills, much to (acclaimed French chef) Mme Mallory's disdain. It is Hassan's journey though, both physical and emotional, which grips the reader and shocks his family. 

Detailed descriptions of the Hassan's ingredients, menus and culinary skills are paramount to the story, however, I must point out (as a vegetarian) that this is not a book for the squeamish, as there are also passages depicting animal slaughter and butchery. I personally would have liked slightly more detail about Hassan's family, culture and the Maison Mumbai restaurant and slightly less about French haute cuisine, but maybe that's just me!

Having read the book, I can't wait to see the film, as I can imagine that Helen Mirren will play the formidable Mme Mallory very well.

Watch the film trailer here...

I have two copies of the book to giveaway (UK only). Just enter on the Rafflecopter widget below and leave me a comment to tell me which you favourite type of cuisine is. Competition ends midnight 24th August '14.
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Integrity Statement
I received one copy of the book to review and 2 copies to giveaway.  The views expressed are genuinely those of myself and my family.

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  1. I enjoy Italian food the best

  2. Hmmmmm I think Chinese is my favourite.

  3. Indian - Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

  4. It has to be indian! love the variety and spice

    Stacey Melia

  5. I love Lebanese food. Used to go to this lovely little restaurant near Manchester that served the most delicious food.
    (samantha fernley)

  6. Traditional English cuisine, I'm not very adventurous with food!

  7. Mexican as I'm a quarter Mexican!

  8. I am looking forward to the movie. I hope that the recipe book has a choice of vegetarian recipes

  9. Probably Italian, though this changes weekly!

  10. I love Japanese, but the real Japanese food you get in Japan :)


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