How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook

How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook

Photo credit: DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook #100FootJourney

I was recently invited to attend an early screening of the newest Dreamworks movie The Hundred-Foot Journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and you can read my review here. But just reviewing the movie didn’t seem like enough to me. You see, the movie really challenged me to re-think the way I have been approaching cooking lately. I love easy scratch recipes and delicious comfort food, but lately I have been rushing things. I have lost my love for cooking. It seems to have turned into a chore that I must repeat daily, which often leads to monotonous meals and dull dinners.

Watching Hassan cook in the movie was truly inspiring for me. The love with which his character approached food, the insistence on the best ingredients, the use of natural foods, fresh vegetables, and savory spices left me feeling like I needed to reassess my own menu. I had also forgotten the connection that we have with food. Not unhealthy connections and addictions, but connections that bind us together around family holiday meals and backyard barbecues. One of my favorite quotes from the movie is “Every bite takes you home.” Wow, that really resonated with me. My mom is a great cook and she learned a lot from her mother-in-law, my grandma, who was a southern cook. Southern meals and comfort food remind me of growing up. Fried tomatoes and cobbler bring me right back to Grandma’s house in Tennessee. What made the food so memorable?  It wasn’t just the taste, but the love that was put into the cooking. The fresh ingredients and a combination of effort and know-how made even the simplest meal special.

How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook #100FootJourney

The beautiful imagery in The Hundred-Foot Journey not only inspired me to start cooking like I know I can, it also inspired me to try new flavors and learn new things. Hassan was a master at creating Indian cuisine, but he was not afraid to take on French cooking. The result was a unique flavor that everyone enjoyed.

Do I expect to wow my family with amazing meals every single night? I wish!  But I am a realist and I know that means that nice dinners at home are not always possible. But I do plan to try to do better, to make meals my family will love. I want to create positive food memories and recipes that my children will want to recreate when they cook for their families. I want to use more spices and fresh ingredients. I want to do more. And so I shall.

How The Hundred-Foot Journey Inspired Me to Really Cook #100FootJourney


Photo credit: DreamWorks Pictures’  THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Wow those pictures make that food looks delicious I kind of thought about watching that movie right now I really want to watch the movie good job

  2. Love this! So… what time is supper?

  3. And so you shall – I love that!

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