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Like Water for Chocolate (1989)

by Laura Esquivel

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Series: Like Water For Chocolate (1)

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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.… (more)
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I finished this book in a few hours. I was intrigued by the story, but it was sometimes hard to follow the flow of time within the book. The chapters are broken up into months (12 chapters total) and recipes. Even though the chapters are months, this book spans, from what I can gather, 20-some years. It is a love story, a recipe book, a home remedy book, and a contemplative story. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Re-read. I’m at a different place in my life now. Wasn’t as wonderful as I had remembered of my previous reading, years ago in my naïveté. ( )
  mtummeti | Jun 1, 2022 |
bit surreal love story, based around a mexican family and expresions of feelings through food ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
La historia gira entorno a Tita, una mujer que no puede vivir una historia de amor a causa de la tradición familiar, la cual la obliga a cuidar de su madre y permanecer soltera de por vida. Sabores, olores y emociones que te hacen devorar páginas. ( )
  Valober | Mar 2, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Esquivel, Lauraprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benso, SilviaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christensen, CarolTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christensen, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dobos, Évasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matos, Elena Piatok deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mendelaar, FrancineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pernu, SannaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peteri, HarriëtTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rodriguez, CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Toelke, CathleenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the table or to bed
You must come when you are bid.
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Take care to chop the onion fine.
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"The truth! The truth! Look, Tita, the simple truth is that the truth does not exist; it all depends on a person's point of view."
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The original Spanish title was “Como agua para chocolate”.
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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.

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Tita can't marry
Pedro, so she cooks dishes
that tell of her love.
(passion4reading)

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