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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Like Water for Chocolate (original 1989; edition 1995)

by Laura Esquivel, Thomas Christensen (Translator), Carol Christensen (Translator)

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Title:Like Water for Chocolate
Authors:Laura Esquivel
Other authors:Thomas Christensen (Translator), Carol Christensen (Translator)
Info:Perfection Learning (1995), Hardcover
Collections:Read but unowned, Read in 2011

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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (1989)

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What a WONDERFUL book!!!! This is destined to become one of my favorite books -- the interplay of fact, fancy, fantasy, mystery of the human spirit, ecstasy, sorrow, sensuality and flavor makes it a very special book indeed. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
I have had this book on my TBR list for a few years. I don't know why I kept putting off reading this book.

I really enjoyed the stories being told with the different recipes for the different events in the lives of the De la Garza family. The birth of the youngest daughter Tita and how she is supposed to never get married. Since Tita is the youngest she has to stay and take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is denied true love.

This is the main story of Like Water for Chocolate. The recipes are interesting and how they can affect others due to the feelings of the person making the meals.
  crazy4reading | Sep 28, 2014 |
Tita's destiny as the youngest daughter is to never marry and always serve her mother until death. But the passion between Tita and Pedro cannot be hidden, even when he marries her sister. And with each recipe Tita cooks, we can see her emotions flowing through her food.

I love these types of recipe/story books. The description of food is mouth watering and I thought the book was interesting.

Okay, now I'm going to walk into slightly controversial grounds and say that this book made me think of stereotypes. Specifically, I felt like this book perpetuated Mexican stereotypes for me. But if the author herself is Mexican, then ought I treat it as true?
Situations like teenage pregnancies or running off with a man. Or how Pedro treated Tita, even though they were in love.
I'm not really sure, but a lot of little things bothered me and I would like more cultural understanding of Mexico and the ethos behind Esquivel before I make any real comments.

The dialogue was definitely lacking. This was a predominately tell, not show kind of book.

It was okay. I didn't really feel for any of the characters. The best part of the book was the incorporation of the recipes and the food.

2.5 stars because I thought it was a little better than okay. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |
I am a big fan of magic realism so I was absolutely enthralled with this book of passion. What more perfect way to describe strong emotions than through food which stirs so much of our senses, fills us physically and emotionally and brings us together socially? Esquivel does a masterful job of using recipes to recount a tale of love and sorrow as the ingredients and feasts weave in and out of her stories. The exaggerated imagery is perfect to convey all those deep-seated emotions that we sometimes have such a hard time expressing.
A wonderful read which will resonate with me for a long time (and had me craving realy Mexican chocolate for days)! ( )
  Cecilturtle | Aug 25, 2014 |
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  aletheia21 | Aug 15, 2014 |
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Laura Esquivelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, CarolTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christensen, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pernu, SannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The original Spanish title was “Como agua para chocolate”.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038542017X, Paperback)

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

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With more than two million copies in print, this beloved novel has become a treasured part of America's literary memory. Now, for the first time, this "tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one" (San Francisco Chronicle) is available in trade paper with the original art from the hardcover.… (more)

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