Like Water for Chocolate

The bestselling phenomenon and inspiration for the award-winning film.

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

This 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, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.

Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel Summary

Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish: Como agua para chocolate) was published in 1989 by Mexican novelist and screenwriter Laura Esquivel.The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother's upholding of the family tradition: the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks. Esquivel employs magical realism to combine the supernatural with the ordinary throughout the novel. ..

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Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel Book Reviews (193)


Magical, passionate, and full of surprises!5 star

This has become my favorite book to read! I will forever have a place in my heart for Tita and Gertrudis!! 55


Great5 star

One of me and my grandmas favorite book I read it once when I was 10 and I haven't stopped reading it now that I'm 20 , I have Tita in my soul now :) 55


Amazing5 star

You kind of feel like you're in the book and watching everything happen. 55

Isamar Castellanos

Good3 star

This is a good book. I read this back in h.s. Let me just say the movie is actually a lot better than the book itself. 35


Beautiful5 star

This is a beautiful piece of work. Great mix of Spanish and English. Tons of magic realism with an intriguing story line. 55

Lester Thomas

Magical realism1 star

If u hate magical realism and bizarre sexual innuendos don't read this 15

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