I’m excited that on August 8th, DreamWorks is releasing The Hundred-Foot Journey, a culinary themed movie starring Helen Mirren. It’s based on the book, The Hundred-Foot Journey [affiliate link] by Richard C. Morais.
I just downloaded the book on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it before the before the movie comes out. The Hundred-Foot Journey is certain to be terrific since it’s produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and directed by Lasse Hallström, who also directed the food themed movie, Chocolat.
I love both books and movies with a culinary theme and hope that DreamWorks will be sending me recipes – both French and Indian – to share with you. Until then, here’s a taste of the movie from the trailer:
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai.
That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.