Fiction: The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

Each time I see The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais on a book list or book shelf, I’m reminded of Lao Tzu’s quote, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” In this case, the distance is one hundred feet, the space between two restaurants, one run by Indian immigrants and one run by locals in the small French city of Lumiere.  It is also the distance between people of two cultures who must make a journey of their own to understand and embrace what is different. This is not, however, only a story about accepting new people and new ways of thinking, it is a story filled with humor, intoxicating food, madcap escapades and wonderfully multidimensional people. The rollicking Haji family is not the antithesis of the serene Chef Mallory but they are compliments, and the way their stories meld is evocative of a perfectly rich French cream sauce combined with a lush Indian curry.