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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies Paperback – Oct 1 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking. Esquivel mischievously appropriates the techniques of magical realism to make Tita's contact with food sensual, instinctual and often explosive. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. Esquivel does a splendid job of describing the frustration, love and hope expressed through the most domestic and feminine of arts, family cooking, suggesting by implication the limited options available to Mexican women of this period. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
Like Water For Chocolate, a poignant love story told from a woman's point of view, takes place on the De la Garza ranch in turn-of-the-century Mexico. Cooking and eating play a central role in the tale. The heroine, Tita, a master chef, was literally born in the kitchen. Following tradition, her tyrannical mother decrees that Tita as the youngest must not marry but must instead care for her mother in old age. Unable to communicate freely, Tita concocts recipes so magically potent as to convey her emotions to all who eat her creations- even the chickens-with often hilarious results. Narrator Yareli Arizmendi, who stars in the hit film of this title, puts in a powerful performance. This audiobook will find a large, enthusiastic audience in public libraries.
James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The one thing I disliked about this novel would have to be how it goes on and on about the recipes. I like how every chapter starts off with a recipe, but maybe if it was a little shorter I would read the whole thing through. Most of the time I would just read the first sentences and then just skip to the rest of the chapter. Another thing I disliked would be the Rosaura, she plays the character of Tita's sister. She's so greedy, she knows that Tita loves pedro and still she decides to marry him. Not even thinking how her sister feels.
The character that made me want to keep reading this book and that caught my eye was Tita. Despite her family tradition and knowing that she would probably never marry, she still remained strong. Also when she wasn't taking of her mom she would spend most of the time in the kitchen. She devoted herself to the kitchen. She struggled a lot with her mom but it all turned out for the best at the end. Its kind of like a happily ever after story.
In addition, set in early 20th century Mexico, it provides insights to the mentality and way of life that prevailed in the area at that time.
The work is thus at once light and substantial and is warmly recommended.
after you watch this movie, you will either want to eat, cook (preferably one of the mentioned recipes), make love or all three! i saw the version dubbed in spanish, and also read 3 selected chapters from the book, for spanish class. it's a work of art and genius, and it must be watched all the way through without stopping. the characters are excellently portrayed, and it combines love, feminism, drama, sensuality, lust, hope, passion, and humour, topped with cultural tradition and folklore. i don't know which one is better, the book or the movie. all of the 5 senses are provoked on a deep and perhaps even primal level, especially taste and smell, feverishly yearning for a sum greater than their overall parts (gestalt) - which brings up the sixth sense, intuition.
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I though this book was really good. A friend recommended it and I thought it was pretty good. Its a story of the youngest child in a Mexican family, where tradition hold that the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wilson's picks
Interesting story but couldn't quite get into the folklore-fantasty parts.Published 18 months ago by Michelle S
One of my favorite books of all times! When I immigrated, I left my well-worn, dog-eared copy of this in my home country. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Claudia C.
Good story, although a little on the unbelievable side. But I couldn't put it down nonetheless. Good poolside read while I was on vacation.Published 23 months ago by KMM
Like Water for Chocolate combines a mystical tale of family legend and lost love with intriguing recipes and stories of Tita's life and love. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Kristen Novak
The writer takes you into a both harsh and warm family life in Mexico with restrictions upon females and secret relationships,
the literature first appears as exagerated,but... Read more
The story, "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel, is by far one of the best novels I have ever read. Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Andrea Guarisco
This novel brought forth an odd perspective of the affect food and family can have on all of our lives. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by jenn lagosz