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The Hundred-Foot Journey

We love food movies here in Jolly Tomato land, and by that measure, this is shaping up to be a great year so far. One new flick that we’re really looking forward to is The Hundred-Foot Journey from DreamWorks Pictures, based on the novel by Richard C. Morais and directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

From the movie’s official description: 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.”

Got all that? So basically, you already know you’re going to see a lot of amazing French and Indian foods. And if you’re asking, “Well, sure, but how can I possibly cook that kind of stuff at home?” the answer is, “You can!”

The nice folks at DreamWorks have given us a series of very cook-able recipes inspired by the movie, and we in turn have been inspired to try our hands at a few classic dishes. In the omelette recipe below, you can learn how to cook that perfect French omelette from the Le Cordon Bleu Cuisine Foundation – no culinary degree required. Insiders’ tip: Traditionally, omelettes are “rolled” onto the plate using a cloth. That gives the omelette its perfect round torpedo shape and it does the double duty of absorbing excess butter on the egg.

Hungry yet? You’ll be even hungrier once you check out this sneak peak of the movie:

The Hundred-Foot Journey opens on August 8. Blogger disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. All views expressed are my own.

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