While working as a foreign correspondent, journalist Richard C. Morais, now editor of quarterly Penta magazine published by Barron’s, often rose in the early in the morning to sink your teeth into his interest fiction writing. His persistence paid off when his first novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, was published in 2010 and became an international bestseller. The novel narrates a touching tale of a boy of meager means from India who navigates continents and traverses cultures to develop into a three-star chef in Paris.
American chef, author, and television personality Anthony Bourdain praised the book, “Outstanding! A completely engaging human story heavily larded with the lushest, most high-test food porn since Zola. Easily the best novel ever set in the world of cooking —and absolutely thrilling from beginning to end. I wished it went on for another three hundred pages.”
Four years later, the book was made into a movie with screenplay by Steven Knight and direction by Lasse Hallstrom. The movie was produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake and features Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, and Om Puri.
I endorse the book and the movie; they will move you and renew in you a respect for people who keep trying until they get it right.