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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remediesby Laura Esquivel
A love story wrapped in divine Mexican dishes with just enough charm, magic, and romance to make it a one-of-a-kind fairy tale. Esquivel's writing is so lyrical and animated you can smell the sausages on the grill and feel the overwhelming emotions of unrequited love and jealousy as they spill off the pages. Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this novel will capture you and hold you tight until the end.
"Like water for chocolate" refers to the desired temperature for the perfect cup of hot chocolate. And that is: just at the point of bursting into a rolling boil. So, too, is the steamy love affair between Tita and Pedro: just about to boil over. Blistering, indeed!
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A mystical Mexican love story that will charm the palate and the heart." USA Today
"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel." San Francisco Chronicle
"A tall tale, fairy tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one." The San Francisco Chronicle
"A mystical Mexican love story that will charm the palate and the heart". — USA Today
"A tall tale, fairy tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one". — The San Francisco Chronicle
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.
About the Author
Originally published in 1990, Like Water for Chocolate (Como agua para chocolate) won Laura Esquivel international acclaim. The film based on the book, with a screenplay by Laura Esquivel, swept the Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, winning eleven in all, and went on to become the largest grossing foreign film ever released in the United States. In 1994 Like Water for Chocolate won the prestigious ABBY award, which is given annually by the American Booksellers Association. The book has been translated into thirty languages and there are over three million copies in print worldwide. Ms. Esquivel lives in Mexico.
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