- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038542017X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385420174
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 200 g
- Average Customer Review: 383 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
I have read this book for my World Literature class and I liked it . The book that I read was Like Water For Chocolate. I like this novel because of the format and how Laura Esquivel expresses herself through magical realism. It gives the reader a sense of imagination and creativity. This book interested me a lot that I had to finish it on my own. That is something that I never do. The best part is the cooking recipes because I like to cook. My favorite recipe was the stuffed peppers because that is my favorite dish. When I finished reading that book I couldn't resist to see the movie. At first I thought that the myth of being the only child was not true and now that I read this book it showed me that it is true. I couldn't imagine the sadness of the girl when she wanted to get married and her mother wouldn't let her. It sounds kind of sad and maybe any girl that had to go through that felt traumatized. In my opinion any girl that wants to get married should get married without anybody saying anything to them. The book had a good, interesting plot and it made it fun for me to read. I hope they do the second part to this book. The last words that the narrator said were, "She will stay alive as long as her recipes are being cooked." This left me with a thought of my grandmother and her recipes. She would like someone to keep her recipes alive. I recommend people to read this book and after you do you'll find yourself recommending it to others. I know that I will recommend this book to somebody that I love and will understand the feeling that I had for this story.
Not long ago my English class and I read a very interesting book full of magical realism and characters which came alive in every chapter. This book was writing by Laura Esquivel a great Mexican author. The title of the book is Like Water for Chocolate. This book was translated from Spanish to English. It’s Spanish title is Aqua para Chocolate. When reading this book it kept me and the class interested at all times, we would comment to our teacher Mrs. Lenhard that this book wasn’t like any other book we had read before. Every in class including I would make comments about the characters, the magical realism used and the situation. My favorite character was Geltrudis. She was my favorite character Because she loved Tita and she had a strong demanding character like her mother. Geltrudis shroud this by becoming general in the war and running away with a soldier. Tita the main character of the book seems to have great bad luck that seems it’s never going away and what makes her keep going is the love she gives and receives from Pedro. Predo got married to Tita’s older sister Rosaura just to be close to Tita which her mom didn’t allow her to marry since she was the youngest and was suppose to take care of her mother till she dies. It’s tradition. I recommend this book to anyone that likes Magical realimc. If your life is tragical end is miserable but you have love you would survive. This book is a wonder full book to read and share with someone else. If you love cooking or food in this book recipes are given and you can even prepare them yourself. If you are looking for a book you can coddle up to and won’t be boring go ahead and read this book it is really worth it.
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