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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (186,956 ratings) (rate this audio book) 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 tum-of-the-century Mexico became a bestselling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

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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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charra Rede | 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 Bala | 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 Lorraine | 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 Hall | 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 Christensen | 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 Bonaparte | 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 Wolf | 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 Sáenz | 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 Marshall | 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 Thomson | 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 Smith | 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 Nipps | 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. "

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About the Author
Author Laura EsquivelLaura Esquivel is the award-winning author of Like Water for Chocolate, which has sold over four and a half million copies around the world in 35 languages, The Law of Love, and most recently, Between Two Fires. She lives in Mexico City.
About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.