My husband and I watched the film adaptation of Richard C. Morais' book, The Hundred-Foot Journey recently and it was a feast for the eyes. I only wish I could have smelled and tasted all the lovely food included. The dishes looked yummy indeed.
The book, which I have not read as yet begins:
I, Hassan...was born the second of six children, above my grandfather's restaurant on the Napean Sea Road in what was then called West Bombay, two decades before the great city was renamed Mumbai. I suspect my destiny was written from the very start, for my first sensation of life was the smell of makli ka salan, a spicy fish curry, rising through the floorboards to the cot in my parents' room above the restaurant.
The movie, which I'm sure changes a few things up, is the story of Hassan Kadam and his family, who leave India and come to France where they open an Indian restaurant directly across the road from a noted French restaurant. It belongs to Madame Mallory and has a Michelin star. Helen Mirren stars as the very proper and correct Madame Mallory. The styles and cuisine of the eateries are totally different, as one might expect. The two proprietors do not get along. Hassan's father and Madame Mallory pretty much go to war against each other. Hassan, a born chef, wishes to broaden his cooking skills and with the help of a sous chef at the French restaurant, Marguerite, he does so. And he comes to Madame Mallory's reluctant attention. And that's all I'll say about the movie.
The food included, both Indian and French, looks lovely. I will admit that I am very partial to Indian food. We've been enjoying it for years, ever since my husband worked with a man who was from that country and who shared his tasty and spicy cuisine with us. Austin has several wonderful Indian restaurants and we don't get to go to them nearly enough.
I'm including the trailer for the movie. I'd like to read the book as well, but perhaps I'll just watch the movie again. Enjoy!
I'm linking this post to Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads.