Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Like Water for Chocolate – A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies is a mystical tale, that I enjoyed thoroughly. Being always greedy for good food, my taste buds never slept, after I started reading this amazing tale. It is so ‘fairy-talish’ and yet so real. I loved Tita, and was amazed at the speed with which the story accelerated each month.

I must say that the end was amazing, nothing that I did expected at all.

There have been mixed reaction to this novel, but I completely adored it. I had half a mind to test these recipes, or the Home remedies; but there were so many things I didn’t understand that I would not dare try. J

I would want to share this small excerpt that I found on Wiki about Laura Esquivel and her extremely amazing book –

The novel, taking place in nineteenth century Mexico, shows the importance of the kitchen in Esquivel’s life. Esquivel believes that the kitchen is the most important part of the house and characterizes it as a source of knowledge and understanding that brings pleasure. The “title refers to a colloquial phrase used by the Spanish that means an extremity of feeling. It refers to a boiling point in terms of anger, passion and sexuality.” The idea for the book came to Esquivel “while she was cooking the recipes of her mother and grandmother.” Reportedly, “Esquivel used an episode from her own family to write her book. She had a great-aunt named Tita, who was forbidden to wed. Tita never did anything but care for her own mother. Soon after her mother died, so did Tita.

Isn’t it a mystical story?! I never knew about so many things – related to kitchen. It is amazing, that I really enjoyed the peek-a-boo into Mexican ranch life of the nineteenth century.

If you enjoy something mystical, love cooking, have problem in keeping your taste-buds from becoming watery and are emotional about love and women who don’t seem to get their love … then this book is for you … as much as it is for me.

Loved it totally.And hope you too love it, for my sakes. 🙂

Thanks to ‘travel the world (from a comfy chair)’; otherwise I would have never ended up reading it anyways 🙂

Thanks Bethany 🙂 for this wonderful book, just in time – for some mystical romance 🙂


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  1. Beth F said…
    I loved Water for Chocolate too! It was magical.

    11 November 2008 01:10

    bethany said…
    yay!!! You are awesome!! I am so GLAD you liked it..I was worried after The God of Small things, that was so hard for me to get through.

    If you like food, and somewhat strange movies, you should try Babbette’s Feast. It is an old film, and is a little strange, but it is one of my all time favourites. It reminds me of how you say this is in your review.

    Again, so glad you liked it. I think I need to read it NOW as I have been in need of something yummy for a while!!!

    Oh, and honestly…I am not just saying this because you are from India, Indian food is my favourite. I love the richness of flavours, the sweet, salty and creamy. Oh goodness…Dal and Naan and oh, it is too much, my mouth is watering now.

    Do you cook many Indian dishes?? I would love to learn. I made Dal once and it was really good. I have really wanted to try to make Naan, but it seems SO complicated!

    Oh, and to answer your question from a while ago on my blog about canning…really all you have to do is put the jars in a canner (large pot) and poor water in to surround and cover them. Then you boil them, depending on what you are canning you boil for different lengths of time.

    Okay…this is a long crazy comment.

    11 November 2008 01:30

    Veens said…
    Beth, YAY it was I loved it!

    11 November 2008 01:35

    Veens said…
    Bethany – Damn cool comment!! I love your comments 😀

    I will definitely try out that movie – firt i need to SEARCH 😀 I will surely..

    yep after The Oct read- i was feeling guilty, i m still reading it LOL! and I don’t think it will be easy to finish 🙂

    u love Indian FOOD 🙂 ohh wow! thanks girl – i m in the process of learning some cullinary skills from my mother- who makes divine Indian food 🙂 spices are life and i can’t think of being half as good as her… but my beau LOVES her food and her ofcourse !!
    Nan – i have not prepared the one they make in hotels at all, but at home – mom makes them too 🙂 I will try and learn it from her – and send you the recipe if i can 🙂

    Dal is amazing – there aer so many thngs u can do with that thing – so many different flavors 🙂

    i have had the fortune of staying in different parts of India and come to love food from everywhere! You will be surprised at the differences 🙂

    thanks for such a lovely comment and my comment is crazy longer tan yurs 😀

    i so so so so wish u like it as much as I did!

    11 November 2008 01:40

    bethany said…
    LOOOOOVED it Veens, sure did.

    Yes, let me know what you learn for recipes. You could even post pictures 🙂 Just as much as you enjoy pictures of the US, even more I would enjoy photos of just daily stuff in india.

    oh, one thing I forgot to tell you, I love the metal dishes and little saucers that you guys use for dishes,I wish I could find those here!!

    The other day I had this lamb and an Indian restaurant here, it was called something like Pas—- something. It was a sweet and salty sauce, reddish, a dark red and it was worthy of tears!

    Do you have any idea what I could be talking about? It is hard to find recipe when I can’t even remember what it is called!! 🙂

    Oh, and somosas….yum!

    Is this food from where you are??

    11 November 2008 01:55

    Veens said…
    I m so sory – I can’t figure out, the dishes name myself 🙁

    I am so sorry – but I dnt eat Lamb, thats one reason :))
    I would love to post pics too 🙂 I would do that … 🙂 and i will let u know…

    today i saw mom preparing lamb [ whatta coincidence!!] for boyfriend 🙂 and i tried learning ti too – and he loved it 🙂 this one was not sweet – but more spicy 🙂 !

    I will try and jot down from tomorrow and send to you the recipes 🙂 !!’
    thans fr the canning thing u told me – never knew about it 🙂

    11 November 2008 02:03

    violetcrush said…
    I remember reading and loving this book. I is really different from other novels. And I loved the names in the novel too. And isn’t that a beautiful cover?

    11 November 2008 12:55

    gautami tripathy said…
    So you better teach Bethany a few Indian Dishes!

    11 November 2008 20:36

    S. Krishna said…
    This is one I haven’t read but really want to. Thanks for the great review!

    12 November 2008 21:34

    Veens said…
    Violetcrush – I am glad you liked it 🙂

    ohh it is the cover that drew me to the novel 🙂

    12 November 2008 21:37

    Veens said…
    Gautami – lol! YAH!

    12 November 2008 21:41

    Veens said…
    S. Krishna – u definitely should 🙂

    12 November 2008 21:42

    Trish said…
    I love that your taste buds never slept! Mine neither while I was reading this book (I am a total foodaholic!). You’ll have to let us know if you try out any of the recipes!

    13 November 2008 06:05

    Monique said…
    I read this book for the second time yesterday. I did not like it as much as when I first read it but it was still good. Glad that you enjoyed it.

    14 November 2008 01:53

    Arch at Rang said…
    I think I’ll like this book:-)

    My next visit to the bookstore,will keep this in mind:-)

    Do drop by for ‘a cup of chai’ often;-)

    Arch

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