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Author: Laura Esquivel Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1993 ISBN: 9781415916070
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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Mexico became a bestselling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter-to-be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award
  • A 1994 American Bookseller Association Book of the Year

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charra | 2/20/2014

    " I read this because I was looking for "Mexican" fiction to read in Mexico. Magic realism is always entertaining, food that affects emotions and even poisons people because of how the cook feels as she prepares it. Intriguing. Like Allende, Esquivel brushes up against politics, but really tells the story of a family, intertwined with love and food. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 2/18/2014

    " Only in Spanish...the translation to English is terrible! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kozie | 2/16/2014

    " Laura Esquivel's book is magical, mystical, romantic, full of Latin passion as it explores relationships with oneself, family, spouses, lovers, and food! Chocolate is obviously representative of magic, mysticism, and romance; water must be boiling to bring about the transformation of melting chocolate, just as passion transforms our relationships. The thing is, the story is supremely entertaining throughout. The recipes and the preparation of the food -- the effect of the food on the characters, and the characters' emotions and personalities effect on the food, omg, Esquivel's inspired writing was like water for chocolate for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Parisjetsetters | 2/15/2014

    " I'm sure this deserves more than one star, but it won't be getting it from me. I just couldn't get into the style of writing, so before the first chapter was finished, I was finished! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " Read along time ago, but I remember I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/3/2014

    " a beautiful book and a mystical experience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 1/28/2014

    " One of my all-time favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/23/2014

    " I read this in four days which is a big deal for a slow reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 1/17/2014

    " Beautiful yet heartbreaking book about food, love and family. The movie was wonderful, too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 1/10/2014

    " Absolutely horrid. Reading this for class and I just can't get through it. The characters aren't interesting, the "plot" isn't interesting, nothing about this book is interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/30/2013

    " I found this book very interesting and the format was intriguing but I also found it sad and disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexy | 11/28/2013

    " No lo habia checkeado. Excelente libro, pero mi "vulgar" para mi gusto. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Giselle | 11/25/2013

    " Must read!' Very detailed and the powerful love story is one you won't forget. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jozny | 11/25/2013

    " i though it was an interesting tale but it wasnt what i hoped for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 11/17/2013

    " Me encanta!! Para leerlo varias veces :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 9/23/2013

    " A fantastic example of magical realism in literature, and a moving, fun-to-read book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/30/2013

    " Food and love...how can you go wrong! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/11/2013

    " The element of fantasy and love in this story is fun. It also offers insight into the beliefs and traditions of the Mexican culture. Definitely worth a read, you'll be rooting for the heroine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 3/1/2013

    " I saw the movie years ago and picked up the book because I remembered loving the story. I was not disappointed. Wonderful story, beautiful images and a quick, satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/13/2012

    " Magical realism - while I enjoy this type of novel, they are a challenge for me. I like my novels to be a little more straight forward but after I read a magical realism novel twice and discuss it with someone, I usually decide that I liked it more than I originally thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawnbug | 9/20/2012

    " Warning! Kind of sexual in parts. Excellent story line but I wish it had been edited for t.v. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gel | 3/9/2012

    " A very beautiful story. Twas fun reading it with all the recipes and home remedies attached to the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tish | 8/2/2011

    " I could tell this book's flavor was lost in the translation. It was a fast read, but a little too fast. It jumped from sentence to sentence in an uncomfortably short choppy way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tressa | 7/20/2011

    " Then end of the book got a little confusing because it went out of sequence (the rest of the book kind of went in chronological order, so it got a little confusing trying to keep up) Other than that, it was a good fiction book and hilarious at times! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 6/14/2011

    " Omg I loved this book and the story it had was really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xiomy | 5/23/2011

    " one of my fav books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 5/18/2011

    " One of the few romance novels I would highly recommend. Set in Mexico in the 1800's. Written in a beautiful prose that is easy to understand. It uses magical imagery of love and food that is different from any book I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmenlawson | 5/14/2011

    " Good read. Like the setting and period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/14/2011

    " REad this because my Henry was having trouble getting it as a class assignment. I does not get more chck lit than this. More evidence that English teachers hate boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/13/2011

    " very sensual and engaging read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 5/12/2011

    " I liked it, all except for the crazy parts, and that I read it for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " A bit sad but I did like it. Want to reread it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chaysie | 5/9/2011

    " Interesting turns and funny explanations. Easy read. "

About the Author

Laura Esquivel is the award-winning author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Like Water for Chocolate, which sold over four and a half million copies in thirty-five languages and was adapted into a major motion picture.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across many genres, over a thirty year plus career. Audie Awards: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (mystery), Breasts (non-fiction), Bellwether (fiction), and Words of Radiance (fantasy), co-narrated with her husband, Michael Kramer. Among other awards, she has been recognized with: the ALA Booklist best of 2019 for Bowlaway (fiction), AudioFile Magazine Voice of the Century, Earphones Awards, Narrator of the Year, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Publisher’s Weekly’s Listen-Up Award. She records at her home studio, Madison Productions, Inc., in Maryland.