Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family
life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling 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.
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