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Like Water for Chocolate

posted Sep 23, 2014, 12:05 PM by   [ updated Sep 23, 2014, 12:06 PM ]

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel is one of my most favorite books of all time.  It is a historical fiction novel with romance and fantasy woven in.  The actual genre of the book is called Magical Realism.  It takes place during the turn of the 20th century in Mexico.  It was even made into a movie in 1992.  Check out this clip from the movie to find out what Tita's (the heroine) childhood was like, why she was never allowed to marry, and how she became such a marvelous cook.  The novel is divided into chapters that correspond with the different months of the year and each month has its own delicious recipe.  When Tita is forbidden from marrying the man she loves, she expresses her love through cooking and everyone that eats her dishes experiences her emotions and feelings.  If you like a good story...especially a good love story then this book is for you!  

Here is a student review of the book as well:
Like Water for Chocolate is a great book and I like the author's writing style.  (It is) great that she puts a story behind each recipe.  My favorite recipe (story) was the "Quail in Rose Petal Sauce" because she did not throw away any part of the roses and she made a wonderful dish.  It is a bit of a sad story but overall a really good book.  
Review by Karla Rodriguez, 10th grade