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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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10,688234491 (3.84)550
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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4.5 stars.
I've been wanting to read this book for some time but maybe my subconscious told me to wait until I was a bit older and had a wider view of the world. I think it was the right choice.
I saw the movie adaptation first and then decided it was time to read the book. Both are excellent and complement each other perfectly.
'Como Agua para Chocolate' is a family tale filled with magical realism and beautiful scenes along with a traditional Mexican recipe interwoven in the story in each chapter.
A magical read. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
2* ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Finally got to read this book -- beautifully written, focusing on a family of Mexican women and how they struggle against stereotypes, traditions, and each other while using the tradition of cooking to define themselves. The recipes are interesting as well, though I am not sure I am willing to try making them. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
That was a wild ride. Filled with magical realism, the novel is framed around monthly recipes and stories. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This book was my introduction to magical realism and uses surrealism and cooking to tell the story of a Mexican family. I enjoyed the act that recipes were included throughout the book and it helped my understand the importance of food in the culture, but overall, I did not feel connected to the characters and did not feel compelled to continue reading. ( )
  dafnab | Oct 21, 2020 |
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» Add other authors (26 possible)

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
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.
(passion4reading)

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