Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies

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By (author) Laura Esquivel, Translated by Thomas Christensen, Translated by Carol Christensen

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 218mm x 15mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 038542017X
  • ISBN 13: 9780385420174
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 26,077

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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. The Spanish language edition of the best-selling "Like Water For Chocolate" is a remarkable success in its own right. Now, in this mass market edition, thousands of new readers will be able to partake in the sumptuous, romantic, and hilarious tale of Tita, the terrific cook with an extra special something in her sauce. "A delightful first novel... the fragrant story makes you dream of love and want your supper too". -- "Glamour". "A mystical Mexican love story... [that] will charm the palate and the heart". -- "USA Today". "A tall-tal, fairy-tale, soap-opera and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one". -- "San Francisco Chronicle".

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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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"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"

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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.