Summary

Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai, embarks, along with his boisterous family, on a picaresque journey first to London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant opposite a famous chef, Madame Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumiere.
A culinary war ensues, pitting Hassan's Mumbai-toughened father against the imperious Michelin-starred cordon bleu, until Madame Mallory realizes that Hassan is a cook with natural talents far superior to her own.
©2014 Richard C Morais (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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Critic reviews

"Don't read this book if you're hungry. You might eat it." (Simon Beaufoy, Oscar Award winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire)
"I enjoyed this book very much. It has great charm and is colorfully written, sensual and evocative" (Joanne Harris)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Wras on 09-02-15

A real find.

A book about a family and a man, cooking and food, a story about the payments we make for the things we love. It starts in Mumbai and ends in Paris, we taste curries,molecular gastronomy, French country cuisine, and just home cooking.
If you like food as possibility and art, if you enjoy the suffering of making a business of what you like doing, if you follow what is going on in the world of cuisine. this story will resonate louder and will remind you of some events in the Michelin star wars of a few years back, and give a little depth to the news paper one line reports. Or if you like a small family saga with a difference this book will give you a lovely story.
A joy to read without the usual sentimentality of family sagas, a real find.

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9 of 11 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 30-08-15

So dissapointing

If you are a foodie or a chef this is your book, but to us normal book readers, there was too much food and not enough story. Maybe the film is better, this is the only book I have ever listened to that I fast forwarded to the end.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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