This is a near-perfect example of the seamless blending of genres - a romance and a cookbook. I pulled my hair in frustration with the main character's circumstances - everything seemed completely out of control; yet she perseveres, she makes the best of a bad situation and gives her love in a whole different kind of oral pleasure - food.
The fate of her poor sister struck me as one of the saddest things I've read. Recommended for foodies, for lovers of complex romance, and for anyone who appreciates a complex, family fiction story.
I normally don't read romantic stories like this. Ok, maybe I do, but I'm afraid to admit it. I just did. I have to say the way each chapter started with a recipe and then blended into the chapter seamlessly was amazing and kept me intrigued all the way through.
I read this for a class, but it was more than homework. I really enjoyed it.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The unusual title expresses the idea that true passion boils with the intensity of water for (hot)chocolate. Each chapter begins with a recipe that the main character learns from her grandmother, but the underlying theme is the sensuousness of good food and its preparation which is a metaphor for good love and its preparation. I would describe this as the most passionate story (without explicitness or tawdriness) that has been written. The story follows the life of a Mexican girl into adulthood and love. Ladies, READ THIS BOOK.
Had to read this for a literature course at Salve Regina University. Great book about, God, I'm gonna say Mexico...but it's been a while. Fascinating literary analogies and provides a true insight into Mexico's past.
I really enjoyed this book, which combined realism with more "magical" or surreal elements. I especially liked how each chapter began with a recipe, and the book ties these recipes to the happenings in the characters' lives.
OurMissBooks - reviewed Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) on
I did enjoy this book and found it intriguing, which means I'm not sure I understood all of it. Parts of it seemed somewhat surreal or perhaps impressionistic because it described events that just didn't sound like they could happen in real life. I think the author was trying to convey more emotion and passion than literal description in this story of two people who, though in love with each other, are kept apart for most of their lives. Each chapter includes a recipe, with much of the activity centering around the kitchen and cooking terms used to describe those emotions and passions. Overall, I'd recommend it.
Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel's Like water for chocolate is a light, quick read. Tita, the youngest daughter, is bound by tradition to stay single and take care of her mother in her old age. When Pedro falls in love with her and asks for her hand in marriage, Tita's mother suggests that an older sister is available instead. To be near his true love, Pedro marries the sister. Tita, a wonderful cook, prepares meals that with effects tinged with magical realism as the love triangle progresses. Subtitled as "a novel in monthly installments, with recipes, romances, and home remedies," the story arc is pretty easy to follow, although some of the characters are not. This was a whimsical debut novel on the list of 1001 books you must read before you die.
I had seen the movie but the book was even better. What a great love story and the ending was so powerful I cried more reading it and I already knew what would happen. have seen movie since and it was even better after I read the book. the recipes are good too but you must know metric measures to make them and some seem very huge.
R. S. reviewed Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) on
Equal parts fairly tale, Harlequin romance and cookbook. This unique book is a quick, read and highly enjoyable. I bet the heroine, Tita, will stay with a lot of women long after they've put this book down.
I know this was a best seller and got all sorts of great reviews, but I didn't get it. Maybe I am incredibly shallow and didn't pick up on the underlying themes. But some of the recipes sounded interesting, although pretty much out of my culinary league.
Matthew S. reviewed Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) on
I'm obviously not the intended audience for Like Water for Chocolate (23 years old, white, and male), but I also like to think that I'm a pretty indiscriminate reader. As long as the writing is good, the characters believable, and the story interesting, I can find something to enjoy in just about anything. With that being said, I cannot recommend this book. There's far too much magic and not nearly enough realism.
A fantastic work of magical realism. A story of romance and the traditional family in Mexico at the turn of the century. While women in the story have little "real" power, they make all sorts of magic through their cooking and the dark, domestic arts!