Jun 24, 2010

Throwback Thursday (Like Water for Chocolate)

I haven't done a Throwback Thursday in quite awhile, but I think it's time to start again.

Throwback Thursday is hosted by Jenny from Take Me Away.

"It is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic!"

This week's Throwback Thursday is

Like Water for Chocolate
Author:  Laura Esquivel
Publisher:  Black Swan

From Goodreads

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 number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, "Like Water For Chocolate" is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit - and recipes. A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next twenty-two years, Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.

I absolutely love this book.  Forbidden love, recipes, and magic realism makes this story unforgettable.  Every chapter begins a new month, and new recipes.  I felt for Tita, and Pedro.  Theirs was a love that was undying, and impossible.   There is also a movie adaption that is very good, but of course the book is better.  Great read!


  1. I've never heard of this book before, I guess that's why throwback Thursdays are a great thing. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

  2. O I LOVE this one too! It's so passionate and wonderful.

    Great pick.

    I LOVE the movie too :)

  3. I have had this sitting on my shelf for a year! Your review is making me want to get to it sooner!


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