Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Our October/November 2015 Cook the Books Pick: "The Hundred-Foot Journey" by Richard C. Morais (+ Optional November Food 'N Flix Movie Tie-In)

I read all manner and genre of books but my favorites are the ones that sweep me away to different places, cultures, and foods. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais doubly takes me away, combining the curries and spices of Mumbai with traditional French cooking in a small village in the French Alps. It took several recommendations and a viewing of the movie to push me to read this book--and to choose it for our Cook the Books: October/November selection--as nothing is more fun than having some wonderful friends along on a culinary reading journey. 

The Hundred-Foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji and his family, who leave India after a family tragedy and end up settling in the small village of Lumière, France. They open a noisy family-style Indian restaurant just 100-feet across the road from the fancy and renowned restaurant of Madame Mallory. The 100-feet is at first a huge cultural divide between the Haji family and the prickly Mme. Mallory, but it inspires Hassan to learn French cooking before making his way to Paris to seek his success as a chef.

Another reason I chose The Hundred-Foot Journey was finding out that long-time CTB participant Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla is hosting November's round of the monthly foodie movie event Food 'N Flix, and she selected the movie version of The Hundred-Foot Journey. (You can find her invite here.) We thought it would be a fun opportunity to pair up book and film for those of you interested in combining your book and movie worlds. 

Of course, it's strictly optional to do both events and how you do it (a combined post or two separate posts) is up to you!

If you want to join in the crossover fun:
  • Read the book and watch the film, make a dish inspired by both, and post it by our joint event deadline of Monday, November 30th
  • If you have one post for both the movie and book, email both Deb & Camilla (debinhawaii@gmail.com & constantmotioncamilla@gmail.com) with your entry and let us know that you are doing the combined event.
  • Or, if you prefer to make two separate dishes and have a post for each event--one inspired by the book and one inspired by the movie, send each of your entries to the event's respective host. (Send your Cook the Books posts to debinhawaii@gmail.com & your Food 'N Flix posts to constantmotioncamilla@gmail.com) by Monday, November 30th. 
  • I will be rounding up crossover posts and Cook the Books only posts here on the CTB site & Camilla will be rounding up crossover posts and Food 'N Flix only posts on her blog shortly after the joint deadline.

Again, watching the film and joining in Food 'N Flix is optional, so if you just want to read the book, that's perfectly OK--just send your CTB entry to me by Monday, November 30th.
Makes sense?! If not, feel free to email me or leave a comment on this post with your questions. 

We look forward to seeing what The Hundred-Foot Journey inspires you to create!


Kahakai Kitchen


A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

I'm almost done with the book and anxious to see the movie.

Camilla M. Mann said...

Thanks for co-hosting this double feature with me, Deb. I can't wait to see what everyone cooks. xoxox

Deb in Hawaii said...

Thanks Wendy--can't wait to hear your thoughts and see what you make.

Camilla--thank you for co-hosting this fun crossover! I think it's going to be fun. ;-)

Amy said...

I'm already done with both!! But I'm waiting until the Food 'n Flix announcement so I can post my double feature ;)

Debra Eliotseats said...

I'm going to reread the book and see about finding the film. It looks like one has to buy it to stream it on amazon .

Claudia said...

Read the book, and my post is now up: http://honeyfromrock.blogspot.com/2015/11/book-review-hundred-foot-journey-by.html

Simona Carini said...

Apologies for being so late. Here's my post: http://www.pulcetta.com/2015/12/recipe-crozets.html

Thank you, Deb for hosting!