Tita is the youngest daughter of Mama Elena, the tyrannical owner of the De la Garza ranch. As the youngest, she is expected to remain single and stay at home to care for her mother. So when Tita falls in love, Mama Elena arranges for Tita's older sister to marry Tita's young man.
As punishment, Tita is forced to bake the wedding cake. The bitter tears Tita weeps while stirring the batter provoke a remarkable reaction among the guests who eat the cake. It's apparent then that Tita's culinary talents are unique.
©1989 Laura Esquivel; (P)1994 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap-opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one, Like Water For Chocolate is one tasty entree from first-time novelist Laura Esquivel." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Overall, this is one of my favorite books of all time. I listen to it, in Spanish, every year. While, in general, I enjoy Kate Reading's performances, I feel that much of the emotion is lost in the translation of the book, and therefore the performance lacks the passion it should have. Still very worth the read before you watch the sub-titled movie.
I remember seeing this movie when I was younger and I loved it, the book is just wonderful, I loved the narrator, now what I'm about to say is not bad but I have bad insomnia and her voice often put me to sleep so that made me like it even more she didn't sound boring just comforting.
This is one of my all time favourite books, I've read it three times and have enjoyed it thoroughly each time. When I decided to listen to it, I was so disappointed, this narrator was monotone and pronounced all the Spanish words poorly. Thoroughly disappointed with this performance.
So much of the story seems like "real life" with random bursts of funny, totally off the wall moments.
no- she does a great job portraying the different characters
Gertrudis and Rosaura- the sisters
I want to cook so much of the food in this book!
This is a beautiful story combining magical realism, cooking and Latinas. The narration was good but I felt it needed a younger voice.
Like Water for Chocolate was a big disappointment. Though the author aspired to several different levels, she falls flat on each. There was little whimsy, no real cultural feel, and no character development. The plot was minimal. The book seemed to be a thought in the author's mind, which she never took the time to flesh out so that it could be written coherently.
The book is simply silly.
In a Mexico we might have all forgotten, Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Her mother Elena, sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita's heart is broken when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage but Tita has one weapon left, her cooking.
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