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The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
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Jan 23, 12

Read from January 20 to 22, 2012

Anthony Bourdain calls this this "the best book" in the cooking world and as far as contemporary writers go, I have to agree. Oddly enough it combines three elements I find irresistible: India, fine cooking and extended, outrageous, talkative families. (Hussein's family is Indian but one Auntie reminds me of one of my Aunts.) From Mumbai to London, to the French Alps and finally Paris, Hussein is a passionate guide through all of these worlds. His teenaged viewpoint strikes just the right balance of lust, adventure and guilt as he navigates his way through an apprenticeship with a cranky French gourmand. As a middle-aged man he acquires balance, wisdom and through mature friendship realizes his potential. But not without a bittersweet sadness that shows he has lived a complete life. This really is an amazingly colorful and poignant piece of fiction that is so piercingly adept, it feels like a memoir.
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