Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1992, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisEarthy, 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.,The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit - and recipes.A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.
- AuthorLaura Esquivel
- Number Of Pages256 pages
- Publication Date1992-09-06
- PublisherKnopf Doubleday Publishing Group
- Original LanguageSpanish
- Weight12 Oz
- Height0.9 In.
- Width5.3 In.
- Length7.7 In.
- LC Classification NumberPQ7298.15.S638
- Dewey Decimal863.6/4
- Dewey Edition21
- Reviews"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel." San Francisco Chronicle From the Trade Paperback edition.
Most relevant reviews
- lovejoypeaceame...May 23, 2015by
easy, sexy read...
This is an "easy read" Sexy, part "fantasy" culturally interesting.
The characters were rather frustrating in that they "made the bed they had to then lie in" so to speak, from decisions they made..i was very curious till the end as to how it would turn out.
- chaseitdownFeb 09, 2014by
Romance & Recipes
A lovely tale spun amid romance and recipes.
Great for reading at the beach or during a flight.
Nothing I have read lately matches this tale.
- shalyn93Jun 11, 2012by
The book was very well kept, it looked brand new and never read. There were no folds in the pages or folds in the cover. Overall everything was great
- phenomeneyes1Jan 04, 2010by
Como Agua Para Chocolate
Very good book...interesting and touches nicely on a feminist subject.. I love how there were touches of hispanic culture in the chapters....
one of the most interesting books ever read... =)
- 343936701@delet...Jan 03, 2007by
This book is one of my favorites, Laura pulls you in and it's like living the character's life, with all of her ups and downs. At times its graphic, but as I was reading it I felt vulnerable, much like the character, she's an excellent writer and knows how to write feelings.
I bought the book for my best friend, for her birthday, she's in culinary school, and I thought the monthly recipes would be great for her!