Like Water for Chocolate
By (author) Laura Esquivel
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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Book DescriptionThe number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, "Like Water For Chocolate" is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit - and recipes. A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years, Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552995870
(198mm x 127mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » Tita, the youngest daughter of a stern and repressive mother, is condemned by family tradition to stay at home and never marry. She spends most of her time in the kitchen creating exquisite inflammatory dishes for her sweetheart Pedro, who has been forced to marry her sister. Flavours, smells and colours are lovingly described in the accounts of meals and recipes in the narrative. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » A first novel ("the number one bestseller in Mexico in 1990") - liberally sprinkled with recipes and homemade remedies - from screenwriter Esquivel. Set in turn-of-the-century Mexico, it tells the romantic tale of Tits De La Garza, the youngest of Mama Elena's three daughters, whine fate, dictated by family tradition, is to remain single so that she can take care of her mother in her old age. Tita has grown up under the tutelage of the spinster cook Nacha and has learned all the family recipes and remedies. When Pedro, Tita's admirer, asks for Tita's hand in marriage, her mother refuses permission, offering instead Tita's older sister, Rosaura. Pedro accepts, thinking it will be a way to stay close to his one true love. But Tits doesn't know his thinking and, crushed by what she sees as betrayal, she must make the wedding cake. Crying as she bakes, her tears mingle with the ingredients and unleash a wave of longing in everyone who eats a piece. It is just the beginning of the realization that Tits has special talents, both in the kitchen and beyond. As we witness the nurturing Tita's struggle to be true both to family tradition and to her own heart, we are steeped in elaborate recipes for dishes such as turkey mole with almonds and sesame seeds or quail with rose petals, in medicinal concoctions for ailments such as bad breath and gas, and in instructions on how to make ink or matches. Eventually, Tita must choose between marrying a loving, devoted doctor or saving herself for Pedro, her first true love. Her choice is revealed in a surprise last chapter. Playful in its flirtation with magical realism and engaging in its folkloric earthiness but, nonetheless, light, romantic fare. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Laura Esquivel
Laura Esquivel is one of Mexico's most celebrated writers. She now divides her time between Mexico City and New York. Originally a screenwriter, she wrote the script for the award-winning film of her first book, Like Water for Chocolate. Her other novels are Swift as Desire, The Law of Love and Malinche.
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