Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

Paperback Language: English / Spanish

By (author) Laura Esquivel

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Language: English / Spanish
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 18 October 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552995878
  • ISBN 13: 9780552995870
  • Sales rank: 7,345

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The 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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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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"This magical, mythical, moving story of love, sacrifice and simmering sensuality is something I shall savour for a long time" -- Maureen Lipman "It's a joy... it has an energetic charm that's quite impossible to resist" Literary Review "If originality, a compelling tale and an adventure in the kitchen are what you crave, Like Water For Chocolate serves up the full helping" -- Carla Matthews San Francisco Chronicle "A wondrous, romantic tale, fuelled by mystery and superstitition as well as by the recipes that introduce each chapter" Los Angeles Times "Exuberant... for those who like their wines full-bodied and their meals rich and zesty... earthly secrets of strength, suffering, passion and cooking in a humorous and well-drawn portrait of a woman who loves as well as she cooks" Washington Post

Editorial reviews

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)