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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
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Apr 09, 2008

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Recommended to Jessica by: Robin
Recommended for: Foodies, and anyone who enjoys a good love story
Read in April, 2008

The tradition in Tita’s family is to keep the youngest daughter unmarried so she can care for her mother until she dies. Tita is the youngest daughter. When she falls in love and mentions to her mother that young Pedro will be coming by to ask for her hand, the mother decides to have him marry her eldest daughter instead. Tita is further punished by having to cook the wedding feast and bake the wedding cake. Only, her emotions find their way in the food she prepares, and in the heart of everyone who eats it…

The book is divided into twelve chapters, each representing a month. I didn’t understand why this was the case, since the story takes place over more than one year, and the events in each chapter do not necessarily take place in that particular month. Each chapter is written around a recipe (fictitious recipes, from what I hear). The entire book revolves around the kitchen and the delicious meals that come out of there, compliments of Tita. The story intertwines life and food, love and food, hate and food, passion and food, etc… It is easy to see how certain tastes and smells and colors can stir up certain memories and emotions.

I enjoyed this book. Very easy to read. Sweet story of love and food. Like a modern Romeo & Juliet over a hot stove.
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