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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038542017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385420174
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Gauthier TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12 2011
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This novel innovates in many ways. It is highly structured, each chapter being set in a given month. Each is introduced with a recipe for a dish that plays a role or another in the story's development. Though realistic overall, the plot sometimes snaps in the world of dreams with ghosts appearing or volcanoes erupting. All this creates a series of surprises and makes the book very enjoyable.

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.
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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. I missed reading it so much, I had to get myself a new one. I am an escapist and this book totally transports me to the setting every time I read it. I cooked some of the recipes (modified as some ingredients cannot be found where I'm residing now) and they were delicious and magical like the story and it's characters. I don't think I will ever tire of reading this book and will be reading it again and again for years.
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By KMM on March 9 2014
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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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ricexboi@aol.com on Sept. 23 1999
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Summary in exactly than 50 words: A trashy romance novel with gratuitous and badly integrated recipes. Fantastical elements thrown in for the hell of it. Terrible in Spanish, horrible and cliched in English. Esta novela es para el "circular file." Only read it if your Spanish and or English professor forces you to. Save your money
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The title of the book offers a fitting and versatile metaphor for the book. In Spanish, como aqua para chocolate, refers to the passions, sexual or anger, that boil over. Chocolate only melts with boiling water. Mama Elena, the domineering, controlling force of a hacienda in Mexico, suppresses her daughters but particualarly Tita De La Garza, the central character who is not allowed to "reach the boiling point" of her passions, particularly with respect to Pedro Musquiz to whom she has a passionate attachment reciprocated by him. Mama Elena forces Tita into spinsterhood so that Tita can take care of her mother as she ages. To be close to Tita, Pedro marries her sister, Rosaura. The adventures spin off from there and there is a magical element to many of them, including the exceptional recipes that Tita uses for the residents and guests of the hacienda. The book is well-written and deserves its international fame.Translator's KissSimply Irresistible (Widescreen)
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besides the excellent recipes wholly printed in the book version, here is my review of the movie, which is not as detailed nor able to be prolonged but is true to the book (unlike other movie versions of books in which some stuff is changed):
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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By blt on May 27 2004
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Like Water For Chocolate is a good book to read because of the unique way of story telling. The characters in the book are very interesting. Tita is the youngest child of her family and tradition has it that she may not marry and that her duty is to take care of her mother until she dies. Tita falls in love with a young man in her local community, but can't stand the fact that she cannot do any thing about it. Titas mother (Elena) a very religious person who is very strict about following religious believes and following all the rules and traditions, prohibits Tita to see or have relations with Pedro the man of her dreams. The story takes the character Tita through many difficult struggles, and hard decisions. The story has many twist and turns and the ending has a more significant meaning than other stories. Furthermore I though the writing was well done with good understanding by the narrator. I thought It was a clever and brilliant idea to include a recipe of a food item described in that chapter for every chapter, not only that but the chapters are organized by the mouths in a year, from chapter 1 (January) to chapter 12 (December). The author does a great job incorporating the mouth and recipe into each chapter. Another notable aspect of this book is the use of magical realism or exaggerated symbolism. There are many examples of this throughout the whole book. The ending of the story also incorporates the use of magical realism. Overall this is a great book that you can come to enjoy and appreciate. I strongly recommend this book for a good relaxing afternoon reading.
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