The story, "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel, is by far one of the best novels I have ever read. It is a novel that appeals to all of the five human senses, which makes you want to read the story from beginning to end without putting it down.
The author, Laura Esquivel, now lives in Mexico. She was originally a screenwriter. Her screenplay "Chido One" is the film version of "Like Water for Chocolate," which is also very excellent. In 1994, this book won the prestigious ABBY award, which is given by the American Booksellers Association to the book the members of the association enjoyed the most.
What makes this book great is that you not only get to read an exciting story, but you also learn how to cook. At the beginning of every chapter there is a new recipe to be made. All of the ingredients are listed and the preparation is given along with the story. Since this book is written in monthly installments, there are exactly twelve recipes; one for each month.
This book is filled with magical realism. Almost everything in the story is symbolic and full of emotion, especially the food. My mother always told me that, "the food comes out better when you're happy." "Like Water for Chocolate" portrays this saying, but with so much more. Not only happiness, but anger, love, passion, lust, and depression goes into the food, which cause the people who eat it to do some crazy things.
Like I said before, this book appeals to all of the five senses. Everything is told in such detail that you can easily imagine yourself being in the story. You can imagine yourself being there with the characters, seeing what they see, hearing what they hear, feeling what they feel, smelling what they smell, and tasting every piece of food that they eat. It is truly an amazing experience and I recommend this book to everyone.