Study Guide

The Hundred-Foot Journey What's Up With the Title?

By Richard C. Morais

What's Up With the Title?

At the end of Chapter 11, when Papa agrees to let Hassan go to work for Mallory across the street at Le Saule Pleureur, Hassan says:

It was such a small journey, in feet, but it felt as if I were striding from one end of the universe to the other, the light of the Alps illuminating my way. (11.155)

The Hundred-Foot Journey, then, refers to this turning point in Hassan's life. While technically about as short a trip as they come, it represents the moment that Hassan steps out of an Indian kitchen and into a French one and, in doing so, begins to truly become a chef. Though there are plenty of times when Hassan take bigger journeys on a literal level—moving from Mumbai to London, for instance—it is this walk across the street that his life pivots around. The title is a shout-out to this transformative moment.