Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

A Novel in Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

Book - 1992
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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1992
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385420167
0385420161
9780385420174
038542017X
Branch Call Number: F ESQUIVEL
FICTION Esquivel 1992
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 20 cm

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tinafaris
Sep 18, 2017

This magical realism book combined food and lyrical writing in a way that made you think you were reading a soft-core romance novel. It does have a telenovela feel with the dramatized events, but it was so beautifully written that it wasn't overly dramatic. Food and cooking has so much depth, especially when combined with the cultural importance frequently found in the Latin American cuisine experience--and this short novel captured all of this so well. Each chapter is broken up by recipe and delved into with fervent emotions that, in turn, end up affecting the food and those eating the food just as much as the cook experiencing those emotions. It was truly a beautiful, romantic book filled with magical realism elements that had similarities to the great One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (one of my favorites).

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pennymcgilton
Dec 15, 2016

This is one of the most memorable books I have read. It is an example of the family legends and stories from our ancestors. How time will exaggerate what we hear about aunts and uncles and grandparents. The story has a sort ethereal feel about a young girl who is deprived of love and her feelings are transferred to her cooking. If she is happy, all those who eat her food are delirious. If she is sad, all those who partake become horribly ill. When she does find love things are all in a tizzy. The ending is quite wonderful and special.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

A beautiful, passionate love story interwoven with mouth-watering recipes. This book reads like a narration, and I imagine an audio tape of it must be quite something. I am dying to try making some of these recipes, and to find my Pedro someday.

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maacarrillo
Aug 02, 2013

this book a have read sever time is one of my favorite book all time , it has everything romances , lust , great plot

patienceandfortitude Feb 04, 2013

Really not my cup of tea. I think I need to stay away from magical realism. It just doesn't work for me. The ending seemed just silly. Sigh.

mamiuno Oct 18, 2012

ese mi libro........

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doroschelch
Aug 24, 2012

Charming Mexican magic realism, peppered with traditional recipes - all for dinner parties with 20 guests or more :-)

Agent13 May 21, 2012

Esquivel's recipes are as good as her writing! This sweeping story of one family, and in particluar, one frustrated member of it, makes for a satisfying read. The author blends in her love of food in a mystical way that has me caring about the human story as well. I would like to try the recipes one day to see their affect on me!

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Iden
Feb 01, 2012

we are reading this book in my english class and we just finished chpt. 2 its super-duper funn!! WARNING! Its for teenagers only.

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cbarnes4
Feb 19, 2011

Loved the book and movie. A must read!

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janicedlb Oct 14, 2014

With food running through all of her prose...."wrapped up like a taco, the baby was sleeping peacefully"....

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