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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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