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Romantic,
Fun,
Epic

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Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
by Laura Esquivel

Published: 1995-10-01
Paperback : 256 pages
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The bestselling phenomenon and inspiration for the award-winning film.

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical ...
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The bestselling phenomenon and inspiration for the award-winning film.

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico blends poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

This 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, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.

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What is the significance of the title? How was this demonstrated through out the story?
Discuss how Gertrudis and Tita's lives were similar and different.
by ccroft78248 (see profile) 09/05/15

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by TravelAddict (see profile) 10/11/19

 
by Sharon811 (see profile) 09/26/17

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 09/04/17

I didn't get the point/message. I was 6 chapters in before I realized the main protagonist was under 18yrs old. I'm not that insightful.

 
by elm7597 (see profile) 05/10/17

 
  "This is a fun, fast read"by ccroft78248 (see profile) 09/05/15

The book is set up in 12 month chapters. Chapter one is where Tita's life begins, and chapter 12 is where she passes her traditions to the next generation. Reading it at night could cause weight gain,... (read more)

 
  "Meh."by munchkingin (see profile) 03/05/12

I wasn't a big fan of this book, nor was anyone in our bookclub. We found the 'magical realism' to be less than magical or realistic. The story didn't make much sense and didn't have much of a point. The... (read more)

 
  "Overall we liked this book"by aprilkyle (see profile) 06/24/11

Our club found this book very interesting and different from most of the books we've read.

 
  "Fun, easy read!"by arielmerm8 (see profile) 02/08/08

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