- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan; 1st edition (16 Sept. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552995878
- ISBN-13: 978-0552995870
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Like Water For Chocolate Paperback – 16 Sep 1993
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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)
'A Novel in Monthly Instalments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies'.The international bestseller.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
But I still found myself closing the book with reservations. First of all, I found the language a little naive and simple at times, but this might be down to whatever was lost in translation. What bothered me more was the idea of this eternal hunt for love, which I found rather old-fashioned, and I did not connect with it. This might be because 'love' seemed to equate 'marriage', and also because we were repeatedly told that to live without having experienced love was to not have lived at all. Maybe I'm too modern for my own good, but I like to think there is a romantic inside me somewhere that enjoys these kinds of unrealistic, pretty notions. I guess the old fashioned, fairy-tale-esque tone (Finding the man of your dreams, marrying him, having perfect, earth-shattering sex and living happily ever after) seemed a little silly to me.Read more ›
I dont like to use the word romance in fear of putting you off. There is so much more to this novel. If your a 'foodie' like me then you'll love it. If you enjoy the slighty romantic notion of family dinners round the open fire. If you love the smell of someone cooking somthing wonderful as you walk through your front door then your going to really enjoy this. Its not all idyllic though, there was enough passion and anger and suspense to let me finish it in two days !
Tita falls in love with Pedro. Their eyes meet, and:
‘She understood how dough feels when it is plunged into boiling oil… The heat that invaded her body was so real. She was afraid she would start to bubble… like batter.’
Even a single look can be erotic. Pedro finds Tita grinding ingredients in the kitchen and his gaze transforms her ‘from chaste to experienced’ without even touching. She is 'like water for hot chocolate' because she is 'on the verge of boiling over' with desire.
Every erotic experience is conveyed in terms of food and cooking, rising heat, flesh seared and long simmering. Chillies appear in recipes repeatedly, symbolising the fiery heat of passion. Tita's emotional journey is told alongside and through her creation of cuisine.
Tita's fearsome mother, Elena, insists that Tita must never marry, being destined to take care of her until the day she dies. Pedro agrees to marry older sister Rosaura instead, declaring it as a means of staying close to his beloved, but, of course, as a servant declares, ‘You can't just exchange tacos for enchiladas!’
Passion is contained and beaten into submission as surely as Tita herself whips eggs into meringue. Each dish provides a metaphor for Tita's love life and cooking remains her only way of expressing her emotions, with magical results. Weeping as she beats the wedding cake for Pedro and Rosaura, her tears enter the mixture.Read more ›
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Interesting and well-written tale about family values and environment in a different culture. Enjoyed the book and liked the descriptive style.Published 18 days ago by Doris
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A romantic spiritual story very unusual with food being so much as part of the tale. Enjoyable read. Would recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Colourful and magical. Full of quirky entertainment and splendid food. It wasn't what I had expected...it was better in waysPublished 7 months ago by Ashley Kay Gifford
Took a while to get into it as it's quite an unusual format but well worth perseverance.Published 10 months ago by mumjo