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Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate

Author(s): Laura Esquivel

Location(s): Mexico, Coahuila

Genre(s): Food and Drink, Romance

Era(s): Early 20th century



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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Readers have praised the novel’s imaginative mix of recipes, home remedies, and love story set in Mexico in the early part of the 20th century

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The novel is set in early 20th Century Coahuila in Mexico. Revolution under Pancho Villa is rumbling along… In an isolated ranch there are two generations of women, soon to be three and four as...

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