Two years ago we had The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. Earlier this year we had Mr Rosenblum’s list and Major Pettigrew’s last stand. For Christmas this year your ‘feel good’ read is The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C Morais.
The story starts in India, where Abbas Haji is patriarch of a noisy family and runs a restaurant. When tragedy strikes he packs everyone up and they drive across Europe coming to a halt in a remote French village where he sets up an Indian restaurant opposite the famous chef, Madame Mallory. We have culture and personality clashes and the revered French chef finds she has a challenger in her midst.
The book is funny, poignant, and deals with racial differences brilliantly. It isn’t a frivolous book, but humour helps with some of the more difficult moments.
If you are looking for a charming holiday read as a gift at Christmas time, you need to look at this book. Paperback $28