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Between Two Fires: Intimate Writings on Life, Love, Food, and Flavor

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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published February 13th 2001 by Clarkson Potter (first published 1995)
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MARTI
Kırkmerak serisinden hızlı okunan, keyifli bir kitap; mutfağa felsefi bir yaklaşım.. Laura Esquivel çocukluğundan, Meksika kültüründen ve hayattan anıları, düşünceleriyle sevdiği yemek tariflerini paylaşıyor okurla. Kitabın görselleri harika. Bir hamam böceğinin ağzından anlatılan(!) Manchamanteles tarifi en sevdiğim bölüm oldu.
Jaclyn
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I originally found this book in the library, I believe it was fate. I had opened the book briefly and fell in love with the drawings that appeared on each side and bottom of every page. I then took the book home and randomly opened the book to Laura Esquivel's piece "Oaxacan Black Mole". Let it henceforth be known that I will travel near and far for the chance of meeting delicious mole- red, green, Oaxacan Black, whichever. However, I love the stories that surround Oaxacan Black Mole in par ...more
Anna Gallegos
Between Two Fires is a charming collection of Laura Esquivel's thoughts on the intersection of food, culture and the modern world, which are illustrated with these quirky drawings about Mexican life. These were all previously published in Mexican Vogue, newspapers/magazines or as prologues to books.

Esquivel really delves into her thought process in connecting food to romance, the basic idea behind her hit book Como Agua Para Chocolate. Esquivel believes that food is one of the roots of Mexican
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Cherie
Cute book with recipes, musings, nice writing. Real Mexican flavor.
Rodrigo
Divertido, aunque de repente sentí que Esquivel se repetía a sí misma. Como ella misma lo explica, estos textos se originaron un poco alrededor de "Como agua para chocolate", y se nota. Si bien la fórmula es mágica, maravillosa en "Como agua...", en estos relatos a veces se siente limitada y hasta forzada. Y lo peor, hace que por momentos me diera la impresión de estar leyendo a Guadalupe Loaeza lo cual, tratándose de una escritora como Laura Esquivel, debe ser preocupante. Y sí, como ella advie ...more
Amaya Rodriguez
Selección de pequeños articulos que van desde cultura, raíces mexicanas, pensamientos así como ideales, una que otra receta pero sobre todo y muy importante descubrir ese respeto y pasión que te genera la cocina.

Un libro que disfrutas, no es pesado te engancha por la particular manera de escribir de Laura Esquivel. Te llegas a identificar en muchas situaciones y pensamientos sin duda el mas marcado es el papel de la mujer en la vida actual.
Sin duda podría decir que este libro es un epilogo de C
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CatarinaG
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: em-pt
..."tudo aquilo que comi, com quem comi e o modo como o comi determinou aquilo que sou, e, nesta matéria, não posso deixar de reconhecer que corre nas minhas veias uma certa dose de Coca-cola"...

A autora de "Como água para chocolate" revive velhas receitas e velhas personagens para contar uma história recordando a quem a lê que é indispensável ler e viver com a mesma intensidade, que, sem sabor, a vida não vale a pena ser vivida, e que sem o sabor da vida, a literatura não existe.

Fantásticas ilu
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Linda Schomer
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited when I received this book from Good Reads. Laura Esquivel is one of my favorite authors and this book is truly a gift. I had read some of the texts before but there were quite a few that were new to me. The recipes were an added bonus, I could almost taste them as I read. After finishing this lovely book, I had to go and find all of her other books on my bookshelves and reread them. This is not a book I will give away - loans only! I purchased additional copies for my mother a ...more
Natalya
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was unpleasantly surprised by the book...
I rarely read short stories, but this was a compilation of thoughts, feelings and no stories.
Frequent reference to " Like Water for Chocolate" made me to at least watch the movie and I disliked it. The movie, assuming it is close to the book, is an "acquired taste", just like the ethnic food.

I'm very disappointed that the 1st book I received as giveaway, was this book....
Rachel
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting blend of Ancient and more recent Mexican history, an autobiography of the author and short stories, combined with recipes for food and how food affects our lives, and excerpts from her most famous book "Like Water for Chocolate". She has a great way of thinking esp when she compares the making of bread to religion. Although I enjoyed reading it, I think I prefer "Like Water for Chocolate" or her cookbook "An Appetite for Passion".
Carlos
La verdad no se que es lo trataba de hacer la autora de este libro, pero lo que sí puedo decir es que las desconectadas historias que ella cuenta no solamente son increíblemente triviales sino que hacen ver al lector la importancia de tener un editor que sepa firmemente rechazar tan aburridos manuscritos. No sé a quién podría interesarte esta colección pero estoy seguro que ni mi peor enemigo merece que se la recomiende.
Sreesha Divakaran
DNF - 43%.

I'm reading a translation, so that could be the problem, but I can't seem to agree with anything the author is saying. It's rubbing me in all sorts of wrong ways. Sad, given that the author's Like Water for Chocolate is a book I love (and a book she makes frequent references to in this book). It sounds more like a philosophy treatise than a memoir.

I might go back to it someday, but not just yet.
Ruth Santana Valencia
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
No pudo tener mejor título el libro, es una recolección de artículos de Laura Esquivel escritos al puro estilo de Como agua para chocolate, entre cazuelas, recetas, sistema familiar y simpáticas anécdotas. Es tapa dura cosa que se agradece y que ya no es común. Bellamente ilustrado en color sepia y con una tipografía se tamaño (fácilmente apreciable sin lentes).
Elena Salazar
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuentos cortos, algunos mejores que otros sin mucha relevancia. La riqueza literaria de Esquivel es impoluta, aunque esperaba mas. Me gustaron los capitulos DAVOS 99, FIN DE SIGLO y EL MAIZ, con algo de profundidad en relación a los demás capítulos hace un llamado a la conciencia de lo esencial, con un lenguaje bastante simple. De fácil lectura.

Geoffrey Nutting
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting essays/stories clarifying what the author's viewpoints on things is.
I wish Laura Esquivel could meet my Mom - they'd have lots of (food-related) things to talk about.
Front matter has usual disclaimer "this is a work of fiction...". This is NOT a work of fiction: compilation of essays/speeches. Occasional pieces may be fiction,but not most.
Hiridessa
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hiridessa by: My mom
Un "Tratado Filosófico de Cocina", verdaderamente, no me quedaron dudas. La escritora una vez más nos deleita con esa manera tan propia de ella y tan peculiar de contar historias, historias de amor, desamor, desarrollo e involución, todas "en torno al fuego" y relacionadas con el "arte creador de vida: la cocina".
Kathleen
Oct 10, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is basically a collection of 14 short speeches and introductions and forwards written by Esquivel for recipes or others' books. The stories are interesting and well written and the pages are beautifully illustrated. It probably takes about an hour to read so it's good for light reading.
Atila Demirkasımoğlu
Birkaç bölümü beğendim. Mutfağa felsefi yaklaşım iddialı ve altı dolmamış bir başlık olmuş. Kadının iş hayatına çekilişine getirdiği açıklamaların kadınlar tarafından iyi değerlendirilmesi gerekir. Aslında erkeklerin de yeniden düşünmesi gerekir. 6/10
cathy
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Whimsical illustrations and witty short stories!

"My neighbors can recite the mass, but which if their husbands tell then about the string of lovers he has scattered about town?"
Grace
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-2014
The writing is great but the disjointed stories in this collection disappoint more than they satisfy.
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Lauren DeVoe read a chapter called "At the Hearth" at the 2010 Women's Read-In
Emily
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, fiction
Like Water for Chocolate is one of my favorite books, but this collection really fell short for me.
Xochitl Arias
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
un bombón
Karen
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
wow
Yuliya
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Очаквах нещо различно. Прекалено тегави бяха религиозните и философски писания в книгата.
Nicole
Some essays were more compelling to me than others and I wish there had been more to it. However, I enjoy Esquivel's point of view and her writing style.
Nydia Pauline
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pequeñas historias, que te hacen reflexionar y apreciar mucho mas las raices mexicanas, y sobre todo el amor, pasion y respeto hacia la cocina
Irais Elvira
Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Lo que me agrada de Laura Esquivel es que siempre me deja antojada, cada receta más sabrosa que la anterior. Me gusta ese sentimiento de mexicanidad que me da cada que la leo.
Monica
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A collection of writings that are prologues, short stories, cultural speeches, and the like. They are reflective; however, not all are equal. Apple Soup is by far the best of the short stories.
Melissa
rated it really liked it
Feb 21, 2010
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A teacher by trade, Laura Esquivel gained international attention with Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies and The Law of Love. In both books she manages to incorporate her teaching abilities by giving her readers lessons about life. During an on-line Salon interview with Joan Smith, she said, "As a teacher I realize that what one lear ...more
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