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Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, 1989

Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe—not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left—her cooking. Esquivel mischievously appropriates the techniques of magical realism to make Tita's contact with food sensual, instinctual and often explosive. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. Esquivel does a splendid job of describing the frustration, love and hope expressed through the most domestic and feminine of arts, family cooking, suggesting by implication the limited options available to Mexican women of this period. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations.
Publishers Weekly

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  • LaDell L.

    Interesting book. Glad I had the chance to read something out of my typical genres. it was interesting to read and explore non-European/American characters and compare their reactions to the American versions of that point in history.

    August 23, 2012

  • Francis L.

    Dear Jill I look forward to the Wegman's meeting on 8/22. May I bring a few copies of my new Novel "CODE CENTAURUS" ( of course, without monopolozing the discussion of Ms. Esquivel's work?) Best, Frank Lentz. (ps, my book can be previewed on Amazon. com or Barnes and Thanks)

    August 4, 2012

    • Francis L.

      Dear Jill And Steve Sorry about the misunderstanding. I did not intend to come to the meeting at Wegman's "only to promote my book'. I will only mention it briefly when introduced.Sorry

      August 6, 2012

    • Jill

      Thank you Francis. I look forward to meeting you.

      August 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Frank, it would have been better to RSVP for the scheduled book before asking permission to promote yours, no? Not my Meetup, but my two cents is that, if you get permission from Jill, you should only promote after the Meetup ends.

    PS I'm actually liking the scheduled book:-).

    August 4, 2012

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