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Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Hundred-Foot Journey on Weekend Cooking


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.

 

39 comments:

  1. I can't believe I haven't seen this movie yet. I put it on my Netflix list and really need to move it up. Love foodie movies...and Helen Mirren.

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    1. I was amazed that I could get my husband to watch it with me, but he did. And we both enjoyed it. Although, we also were both craving Indian food. LOL

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  2. It's movie weekend! I too haven't see this yet. MUST!!!

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    1. I think you'd like it. Lots of humor. Lots of lovely looking food.

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  3. I thought the movie was terrific but didn't love the book.

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    1. Kathy, I suspect I'll never read the book. However, I also suspect I might watch the movie again. :-)

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  4. My mother-in-law raved about the movie, I must see it.

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    1. It's a fun movie. Lots of humor, but some serious issues as well. And the food - so, so pretty.

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  5. As I haven't read or watched it I'll add it to my amazon prime list!

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    1. It's a good one, Mary. And such yummy looking food!

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  6. I saw this movie and liked it. I, too, would have loved to taste the Indian food.
    Thanks for dropping by and visiting.

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Jackie! Glad to know you liked this movie as well.

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  7. -sigh- Another film, which I never have seen.

    I need a list, to get DVD's from the library, and then, be prepared to watch them. This is my problem. I get DVD's and then, don't watch them. -sigh- Have had some 'Miss Marple' ones, sitting on my table. Want to watch them. Love to watch the sets/costumes/etc. I have not. Duhhhhhhhhhhhh me. -sigh-

    Tessa

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    1. Oh, you know, we get busy and then we don't watch or read or whatever we've intended. I'm just glad that we can all chat back and forth and make recommendations. You'll watch them someday.

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  8. I did love the movie, except for the fire part. I also love Indian food, and sure wish I had 'several wonderful Indian restaurants' even nearby. But I've recently bought a couple very good cookbooks!

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    1. Nan, you'll have to share about your cookbooks. I know you've been busy with your littles. And you could come back to Austin and I'd be glad to take you to an Indian restaurant. :-)

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  9. This looks fabulous! I have heard of this movie but haven't watched it and wasn't aware that it was based off a book. I'll definitely have to look for this one! I

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    1. It's a humorous movie, Katherine. And has lovely food.

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  10. I'll probably read the book, though the movie does look quite good as well. I do love Indian cooking, and luckily, we have a new Indian restaurant in town.

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    1. Claudia, I don't know if the book would be as funny as the movie. Enjoyed that part. Nice to have a new Indian restaurant. Enjoy!

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  11. I think I'll start with the book too. Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

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    1. Thanks, Carole! If any of you read the book, let me know what you think. :-)

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  12. I really loved that movie, but never read the book. Not sure I will get around to reading it anytime soon... would love to see the film again though :)

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    1. I agree, JoAnn. I'm suspecting I'll watch the movie again at some point. The book...maybe.

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  13. I remember wanting to see this when it came out and then I forgot about it. Wish it was available on Netflix. But it is available at Redbox and I have a free rental. I am going to grab it up! Thanks for reminding me!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it. I thought it was funny and sweet and looked delicious.

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  14. I have been eyeing this movie...and while I don't have the book, I would probably read it after the movie.

    I do love Helen Mirren....

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    1. She did a good job with this role. Very proper and unapproachable - at least for a while. :-)

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  15. Sounds scrummy - I'm not sure I could watch the film (or read the book) without feeling so hungry though - clever idea and Helen Mirren is such a great actress.

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    1. She is great, isn't she? I almost always love anything she stars in.

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  16. I loved the movie too, made me want to find a good Indian restaurant near us :)

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    1. Yep. I think that seems to be the result for most Indian food lovers.

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  17. This movie was a real treat. I popped it in, and even the Girl and Teen sat down to watch it. We all loved it.

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    1. I loved the humor. And the food. LOL

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  18. Oh goo! I can get my husband to watch a food movie! Yay

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    1. My husband enjoyed it. It was humorous and then he wanted to go get Indian food. LOL

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  19. I loved the movie! It was sweet and like you said, I felt like I could almost taste the food on screen.

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    1. I thought they should give tastes, along with the movie. LOL

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  20. The reviews I read of this movie were mixed so I haven't picked it up yet but you've convinced me that just for the food alone it's worth renting!

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