Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)

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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...

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Overview

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.

The Spanish language edition of the best-selling Like Water For Chocolate is a remarkable success in its own right. Now, in this mass market edition, thousands of new readers will be able to partake in the sumptuous, romantic, and hilarious tale of Tita, the terrific cook with an extra special something in her sauce.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A delightful first novel... the fragrant story makes you dream of love and want your supper too." —Glamour.

"A mystical Mexican love story... [that] will charm the palate and the heart." — USA Today.

"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one." — San Francisco Chronicle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385721233
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Vintage Espanol Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 84,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Esquivel
Laura Esquivel
A heaping measure of passionate romance, blended with a dash of traditional Mexican cooking and a hint of mysticism, was the unique recipe that made Laura Esquivel's debut novel, Like Water for Chocolate, a feast for readers and moviegoers alike.

Biography

Laura Esquivel is the award-winning author of Like Water for Chocolate, which has sold more than four and a half million copies around the world in 35 languages, as well as The Law of Love and Between Two Fires. She lives in Mexico City.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      Mexico City, Mexico
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 30, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Fantastico

    Este libro me gusto tanto, lo lei hace mucho tiempo y todavia lo recuerdo. La pasion de sus protagonistas, mezcladas con recetas y fantasia. Una de las mejoras obras de la escritora.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2010

    the best book ever

    its an amazing book i hav always loved it. deffinatly a must read!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    Wonderful!

    One of the best books I've read in my life! I enjoyed every second of it. It incorporated many recipes and Mexican traditions of the 19th century. I loved it! The adventure of Tita's love with Pedro is such a touching, as well as funny, novela. Laura Esquivel outdid herself. Two thumbs up! Uno de los mejores libros que he leido en mi vida! Disfrute cada segundo de este drama. Me gusto como incorporaron recetas y tradiciones de Mexicanos en el siglo 19. Me encanto! La aventura del amor que comparten Tita y Pedro es emotivo y muy divertido! Laura Esquivel hico un magnico trabajo con esta novela. Fantastico!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Laura Esquirel's book, Like Water for Chocolate was a beautiful,

    Laura Esquirel's book, Like Water for Chocolate was a beautiful, life changing story about a young Spanish woman, Tita, who has fallen in love with a young Spanish man, Pedro. According to Spanish tradition, the youngest daughter of the house cannot marry. They have to take care of their mother till the day they die. Tita's mother had given birth to Tita right in the kitchen. To that day on, she was to become a great cook. Tita didn’t love her Mama Ellana much at all. She made the love of her life do something none of them would have ever thought was possible and he did it. There was a wedding that Tita had to bake the cake for, and while she baked it she cried so much that when the guests at the party ate it, they felt sadness and a terrible sickness that drove them all wild and the wedding became a disaster area. This book was very romantic in a lot of ways and it really touched my heart deeply. It completely changed my mind set on how to love and what the word love really means. This book specifically tells you that no matter how much you love a person, you'll do anything in your will to be with them. I came across a poem while reading this book and instantly fell in love with it. "If a strong emotion suddenly lights all the candles we carry inside ourselves, it creates a brightness that shines far beyond our normal vision and then a splendid tunnel appears that shows us the way that we forgot when we were born and calls us to recover our divine origin. The soul longs to return to the place it came from, leaving the body lifeless." To me this poem is about love. How when you find the love of your life and you give them everything you have including your soul. True love is a beautiful and mysterious thing in life that keeps us alive in the mind and it the heart. When you become in love you will know it. Everything about that person will make you have a feeling that you have never felt before. This feeling is what I like to call, love. This book was amazing. I think all young mature woman should read this book to get a real mindset of what love really means and how it’s not a word that can just be thrown out into the world at any given time. This book, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel was one of the best books I have ever read in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Me encanto!

    Este es un libro de cual me acuerdo aunque lo lei hace anos, como dijo otra persona aqui. Es inolvidable.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    really good i hear

    my mother says its really good book i'd want to read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Great Spanish language romantic novel with a fantastic edge

    I would recommend this for Spanish language readers who are interested in a lite romantic novel. My first language is English but this novel was easy enough for me to read and follow. I enjoyed the way the author incorporated recipes with daily life. There was also a bit of "fantasy" incorporated in the novel that made it a bit more dramatic and held my interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2008

    Exquisite!

    I read this book when it was published in 2001 and before the movie was made ( I was a high school student and I loved it since then) The way it is narrated really makes you feel the pains, the love, the heat of the kitchen and the aromas from the same.This is one of those books that you MUST have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2008

    UN BUEN LIBRO

    Para mi la mejor obra de laura esquivel, la autora se caracteriza por trasmitir la cultura mexicana con exelente poder de descripcion y aqui en este libro se refleja en cada una de sus paginas...Desde la comida y las costumbres....Muy bueno...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    me encanto!!!

    this has been one of the best books ive read lately. It captures our mexican culture in its own way. i loved the way the author mixed love and food together. when tita cooks her emotions are transmitted through her food , and when others eat it they can feel what she felt at the moment. its just great, i recommend it to everyone!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book was the best book i have ever read i learn a lot of things from this book. I read this book in my senior year in high school and it was great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    LOVED IT

    Think it's avery good book. And also the move was great but still not as good as the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Review for Like Water For Chocolate

    This is a really good book to read if you enjoy romance stories and novels. I really enjoyed this book because of the different characters and situations that occur. Tita, the main character, has many rough situations to get through. Being with the man she loves is her biggest concern. She also goes through a phase were she doesnt talk to anyone. Her doctor develops feelings for her which makes this book more exciting becuase you cant predict what choice Tita will make. I really recomed this book to anyone, even if you dont read. This book will make you appreciate stories in books and make you want to continue to read other romance stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    Like Water for Chocolate was AWESOME!

    This book was so wonderful. It was just an amazing love story with a much unexpected ending. If you like girlie love stories then you will love this book. It is kind of sad. Tita is put through so much by her mother and her sister. She is almost like a slave in her own house. Everything that she wants and deserves is denied to her. Whether it be freedom, rest, or love. This is just an amazing short little love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    great book

    oh my god i hardly ever read this type of book.como agua para chocolate is excellent go buy it NOW and read it, you will love it.!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2004

    Great Book

    The movie is excelent too, there are no words to express my emotion when I remember this movie and book. I recommend this book allways to all ages, men and women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    Como agua para chocolate

    This is good book. I like the book because it has interesting stories. The book is about a girl who fall in love with an older guy then her. But her mother will not let her married with him. I like the way the author write the storie but she a little bit of mistakes. I like the book because it has love and passion stories. I like the remedies and the receipts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    'the one n only'

    I think this is a great book. I heard a lot about it by people i know. But one day i went over my friends house, she was reading the book and told me a lot about and wow i got in love with the story. Everybody should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Love it!

    I read the book and saw the movie, and I got to say the book is much better! I love the story. I love the style of this author. This is a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    The best book about an impossible love

    this book is one of the most wounderful book I have ever read. I think you should all read this book,you will enjoy reading it. tAKE IT from me,I LOVED IT!!!! This book is abut a girl that went through a lot to be with the person she wanted to be with. READ IT, you will love it. It's an interresting story to read, and a woundreful experience.

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