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Between Two Fires: Intimate Writings on Life, Love, Food and Flavor Hardcover – 1 Jan 1920

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; American ed edition (1 Jan. 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609608479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609608470
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,419,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Laura Esquivel is the award-winning author of Like Water for Chocolate, which has sold over four and a half million copies around the world in thirty-five languages and was adapted into a beloved film. Her other novels include The Law of Love, Swift as Desire, and Malinche. She lives in Mexico City.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 10 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
Having read 'Like water for Chocolate' and 'Swift
as desire' I found this book disappointing. It was full of intricate and funny drawings, but the text lacked any substance. The book is made up of snippets of Laura Esquivel's newspaper/magazine articles which did not fit together as one book.
Do not let this review put you off reading Esquivel's other novels, as these are excellent
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A collection of thoughts. 24 Mar. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who expect something along the same lines as "Like Water for Chocolate" and "The Law of Love," you will be disappointed. "Between Two Fires" is basically a collection of thoughts, or short essays, taken from articles published in "Vogue de Mexico;" prologues to books such as "The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking," by Rick Curry; or speeches made at book fairs and psychoanalyst workshops.
"Between Two Fires" does not carry the heady aroma and full body of Esquivel's previous books. One feels as though someone forgot to keep stoking the fire and the meal, so to speak, has well ... gone cold in places.
If however, you want a quick, short read to pass the time on the bus, train, underground, in the doctor's waiting room or waiting for the kettle to boil whilst in the full knowledge that you can finish a chapter by the time you get to your destination, are called for your appointment or need to make tea for the neighbours, then this is an ideal book to carry along with you. It is basically an anthology of memories, thoughts, ideas, short stories, interwoven with the ever present taste and aroma of the kitchen.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ideas on Food, Culture, Love 3 Jan. 2016
By Anna G - Published on
Format: Paperback
Between Two Fires is a charming collection of Laura Esquivel's thoughts on the intersection of food, culture and the modern world, which are illustrated with these quirky drawings about Mexican life. These were all previously published in Mexican Vogue, newspapers/magazines or as prologues to books.

Esquivel really delves into her thought process in connecting food to romance, the basic idea behind her hit book Como Agua Para Chocolate. Esquivel believes that food is one of the roots of Mexican culture because it connects people with the past through ingredients and the communal act of sharing a meal. Love (both familial and romantic) is passed through cooking. She is also emphatic about this idea of the "New Man" - when culture will reject its complicated, fast-paced lifestyle for the simplicity and ideals of the past.

Her writings are largely agreeable and insightful, but I found "God is Above, The Devil Below!" disturbing because it plays on the racist attitude that indigenous Mexicans are some less than Mexicans with more Spanish blood. I read the translated version so it's impossible to tell if Esquivel is being genuine or sarcastic, but either way, it left a bad taste in my mouth.

Esquivel does show her depth as a writer, however, by being able to transition from writing from romance to the silly, yet meaningful tales of Manchamanteles and Apolonio. The only thing that is stopping me from giving this book 4 stars is that the prologues lack context without the full text attached.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen Godess 3 Feb. 2013
By Silk Reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Poignant and reflective. A true kitchen goddess!
The previous reviewer obviously did not read the synopsis of the book and doesn't appreciate the prose and wit of the author's authentic voice.
1.0 out of 5 stars Problem 1 Jun. 2016
By Gail Cruz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am having trouble getting it ti come up on my Kindle. It gives me the first page but no other pages. I have never had this happen before.
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful. 6 Mar. 2016
By Chris F - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Dreadful. I read Ms. Esquivel's work in the 80's and wondered what had become of her. I regret finding out. This is plodding gibberish.
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