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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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Hyperbole and a sort of spiritualism that is not part of our culture. Are these real recipes? ( )
  LDVoorberg | Dec 24, 2023 |
Like water For Chocolate is a classic! Many know it for the film - watch the film too as it is one of the best book to film adaptations ever done (and probably because the filmmaker was married to the author at the time).

Here we're introduced to the De La Cruz family consisting of Mama Elena and her three daughters Rosara, Gertrudis, and Tita, head cook Nacha, and later on, house maid Chencha.

Tita at a young age attracts the attention of Pedro, who is madly in love with her and wants to marry her. As Tita is the last child born of Mama Elena since her father died after hearing unsettling news about his family she is forced to carry the curse of her mother's family - to live as her mother's caretaker until she dies and never marry. Mama Elena orchestrates Pedro marrying Rosara, whom he claims is to be near her. This spawns a lifetime of sneaking and freaking for them trying to be together intertwined with the lives of the sisters. Tita eventually breaks free of Mama Elena's grip and falls for another man who intends to marry her. After that, Tita's on the warpath to protect her niece Esparanza, whom her sister has vowed to bestow the same family curse upon her as she can't have any more kids.

The story is beautifully crafted under Tita's role as head ranch cook, a job she inherited the day of her sister's marriage. The way the recipes are introduced and the circumstances around each dish is a stroke of genius.

Read this one, you won't be bored. ( )
  Articul8Madness | Nov 6, 2023 |
When I read this as a teenager I was bewitched. But reading it now almost 25 years later I have a very different opinion. I loved the magical realism but not the main love story or the two lovers. Rosaura's life I found the saddest of all. But Gertrudis' adventures would make a more compelling book. ( )
  Stefuto | Oct 31, 2023 |
bit surreal love story, based around a mexican family and expresions of feelings through food ( )
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
bit surreal love story, based around a mexican family and expresions of feelings through food ( )
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
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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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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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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.
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