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Laura Esquivel's spicy writing awakens us to life's taste. "Without flavor, life is not worth living," insists Esquivel; "and without the flavor of life, literature doesn't exist." In Between Two Fires, Esquivel offers us her most potent recipes, memories, and stories in a savory collection.
The volume includes 14 short pieces about love, food, and the intimate experiences of life. In them, Esquivel finds transcendence through sensation. "I don't think it would be hard for any of us to acknowledge that through the smells and tastes of food we share with others, and the sustaining presence of the divine in them, we can enjoy a glimpse of paradise every day." Esquivel describes her paradise in the language of razor-sharp dreams, affording her readers a glimpse of magic's real mettle.
Readers who have been won over by Esquivel's bestselling novels -- Like Water for Chocolate and The Law of Love -- will be delighted to find a new source of her pungent writing; many of the essays in Between Two Fires have never before been translated into English. Those who have not yet discovered Esquivel will find this collection an enticing introduction to her delicious world. (Jesse Gale)