Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel In Monthly Installments With Recipes, Romances, And Home Remedies by Laura EsquivelLike Water for Chocolate: A Novel In Monthly Installments With Recipes, Romances, And Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel In Monthly Installments With Recipes, Romances, And Home Remedies

byLaura Esquivel

Paperback | October 1, 1995

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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.
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 eve...
Title:Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel In Monthly Installments With Recipes, Romances, And Home RemediesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.6 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:038542017x

ISBN - 13:9780385420174


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for students I had to read this book in highschool. It's great for any students looking for a novel to pick up for their english class- there are lots of themes, symbols, and character development. It's also a super quick read (I finished in 2 days).
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming and beautiful This hit close to home - some characters reminded me of my family. I absolutely loved the beauty and how food is incorporated into every chapter and event.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Had to Read in High School I certainly didn't appreciate this novel in high school, and it's not that I particularly appreciate it now, but I've come to realize that if a novel has scenes that stick out in your memory years later and you still are reflecting on certain passages, then the author has done something right. I still don't think it's great, and I found the characters and the recipes annoying, but there's some things that will kinda haunt about this novel. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Short and Sweet. I really enjoyed this book! I loved all the characters so much and Esquivel writes one of the best villains ever in Mama Elena. However, I couldn't stand Pedro and I didn't understand why he was so pathetic and flat. A great, quick read.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okyay i liked the main lady but was annoyed with everyone else
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite amazing! I read this book for school last year and it was really meaningful and deep with so many great literary elements. I think that if you are able to read this with a mature, figurative and open mind, you'll be able to appreciate what this book has to offer. There are definitely some "weird" aspects of this novel that can shock readers because it seems so out of place (if you read the book, you'll know what I mean), but if you tap into those aspects and really think about the purpose of that particular scene, it's quite genius on the author's part!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended for: Hopeless romantics This is one of my favourite books ever! I have to read it at least once a year. The first time I read it was the winter of 1994-95. I stayed up all night...I had to finish it! And here I am, reading it once again... The story is magical. It's a fable and fairytale and full of unrequited love and delicious, exotic food. I'm still not sure how I feel about Pedro. I understand his undying love for Tita, but he's such a jackass about everything else! The movie is equally moving and so beautiful, with the screenplay written by the author, Laura Esquivel. (Make sure you get the subtitled, not the dubbed version!)
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fun and charming novel This review originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books ( Like Water for Chocolate, is the story of a Mexican girl named Tita. She is desperately in love with Pedro but life, and her mother, have conspired to keep them apart. Instead of being together Tita has to watch as Pedro marries her sister and she is forced to live a life of servitude under her domineering mother. Told in monthly instalments this novel tracks the relationship (or lack thereof) of Tita and Pedro and how their love affects the people around them. I thought this book was really clever. Not only was each chapter a month of the year, each was accompanied by a recipe. The chapter would open with an ingredient list and instructions on how to cook the dish. These instructions, however, would always segue in the central themes and conflicts of that chapter. I was amazed by how seamless some of these transitions were. It is a real testament to Esquivel`s writing that she could preform this feat twelve times over and still keep me interested in the story. This book has been frequently described as a love story and while that's part of it, I think that is too simple of a description. Instead I would like to describe this book as a full out soap opera! Tita's in love with Pedro, Pedro is married to Rosaura, the other sister is running around naked, brides are throwing up on their wedding gowns and the mother is obsessed with making everyone unhappy. And to top it all off they're all living under the same roof. It's like Days of Our Lives meets The Bachelor Pad! Sometimes the absurdity of the situation just made me outright giggle. You'll find yourself reading on just to see what these crazy characters will get up to next. Like Water for Chocolate, is a fun and charming novel. There are some really ridiculous – and at times down right weird – moments but there are also some really sweet ones. Esquivel uses some interesting and very unique methods to help the reader look into the life of one crazy family and I think her techniques are something to be appreciated. Definitely one to stick one the shelf and have on hand whenever you need a reminder there are families crazier than your own.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious! This is one of my favourite books of all time- I have read it 3 times! It is the most enjoyable piece of literature I have ever read- it is a masterpiece of the magic realism genre. It is a beautiful story of generations of a Mexican family told through food, sex and revolution. It is a feast for the senses- with recipes included!
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking This is a book that truly lets your mind travel to that other world where anything can and does happen. You can feel the passion and the pain of the characters in this book, as if you are part of the story. It is an amazing story, and it'll make you feel lightheaded after reading it for days, months, possibly even years!
Date published: 2001-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent work Like Water for Chocolate, is a great book. It is one of those books which you can just pick up and read whenever you are in the mood. But I am warning you that once you pick it up, you won't be able to put in down. THe novel captivates your attention but the unqiue way of writing. It is a love story, cookbook mixed with home remedies all in one. IT is a fabulous book.
Date published: 1999-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Maginifico! One who has lived in a Latin American country can easily relate to this book. Others could imagine it and live a dream come true!
Date published: 1999-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sumptuous.... It does not do Esquivel's book justice to call it "soap opera." It is closer to a fairy tale, sensuously blending food, sex, love, and pain into one thrilling story. What I found surprising was that, despite the fantastical elements common to South American fiction, I became convinced that the events of the book had really happened.
Date published: 1999-06-07

From Our Editors

A phenomenal best-seller, Laura Esquivel's enchanting novel of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico earned a special place in the hearts of readers all over the world. Like Water for Chocolate imaginatively follows the romantic dramas of Tita De La Garza, the youngest of Mama Elena's three daughters. Family tradition dictates that Tita will not marry, but stay in the home to care for her mother. Matters are made worse for the young woman when her true love Pedro agrees to marry her sister. Charged with baking the couple's wedding cake, Tita mixes tears of sorrow into the cake, which has an extraordinary affect on all who eat it. Peppered with traditional Mexican cooking recipes throughout, this unique novel will captivate readers.

Editorial Reviews

“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