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)
This story will evoke hunger, anger, giggles, frustration, sadness and joy. The food in the story is so well described that you can almost smell and taste it.
The character development is excellent.
I was a little disapponted in the conclusion -- but the story was so enjoyable that I purchased the video.
Like Water For Chocolate is worth the time, the audio credit and or the cash.
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.
What a great book in its way of taking us to another world - the world of Mexico and a small farm there. There is that otherworldliness about the way the food changes with the attitude. The recipes sound delicious and they mix into the books events in such a unique way. This book is great not only for the content, but for the way the story was told.
I did not know what to expect from listening to this story. But I loved it. The characters are rich with details, and the author spins a story like no other.
Having to read this for a class for school, I found the audio form as an imaginative and soothing alternative. The narrator's voice electrifies the story and adds a cultural spice to the listening experience. Overall, a great listen! The recipes made my mouth water!
The book is a mixture of fable and history. History in the sense of how life might have been in that time period. The material doesn't pull the punches on sexuality, envy, lust, romance, and love. The reader has a great voice, and sometimes that's half the battle. I recommend it, it's a "ok" / "good" book.
Sericulturalist and horticulturalist, mad scientist and earth oven baker.
If you are from the borderlands or have spent an time here, you will be nodding your head with familiarity from the first chapter. Wicked, fun, sad, and thought provoking. Be sure to see the movie as well.
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.
Long time Audible employee and customer, my interest span Ayn Rand to Stephen King.
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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