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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
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Jun 16, 07

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Read in January, 2004

This book was recommended to me by a friend after I sent her a couple of recipes touted as the surest way to win any guy's heart. And indeed the book is full of references to Mexican cooking; every chapter is preceded by a recipe.

I think my most memorable impression of this book is the way it sticks to hard realism one moment and strays into the realm of fantasy the next. It left me lurching trying to adjust my perception, until I finally gave up attempting to fit it into either realism or fantasy and simply enjoyed the story as it rolls with joyful abandon through a wedding banquet tainted with a maiden's tears that make every guest cry for each and every heartbreak; a chicken dish that makes a girl so hot she runs outside to have a shower, creating such a powerful rose-scented steam that compels a passing guerilla to snatch her away naked...

While this book is not exactly my cup of tea, I still think it's a delightful, flavorsome introduction not only to magical realism, but also to the more exotic kinds of Mexican cuisine.
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Elise No, no it was never ever meant to be "realism" its all fantasy something like a fairy tale. The "hook" is in soemthing like the real world, but the tale is meant to be a fable.


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