Like Water for Chocolate by Laura EsquivelEarthy, 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, so that 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.
Like Water for Chocolate
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Her novel incorporates recipes into the book in order to tell a story. These recipes, however, are not only formulas, but they are memories and traditions being passed down from generation to generation. Tita becomes the focus of her family. This occurs because she is most closely connected with food preparation. Tita prepares certain dishes for special occasions and at different times of the year.
But what I found at GALA Hispanic Theater was a frankly hilarious romance that unabashedly reveled in its dramatic and hot source material. Like Water for Chocolate reads more adolescent on its surface, like a naughtier than usual YA novel, but this adaptation goes deeper, rooted in rather grand and storied literary traditions. This genre takes a realistic story, say a domestic dispute between a mother and daughter over whether the daughter should ever marry so she can take care of her mother forever, and adds magical or unexplained elements that heighten the conflict or serve to resolve an untenable tension, like the mother cursing her daughter from beyond the grave for not fulfilling her duty. Some plays of this genre focus on the realism and use the magic sparingly, but Como Agua Para Chocolate does the opposite. Every scene contains magic, some blindingly overt and some very subtle.
The novel follows the story of a young girl named Tita, who longs for her lover, Pedro, but can never have him because of her mother's upholding of the family tradition : the youngest daughter cannot marry, but instead must take care of her mother until she dies. Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks. Esquivel employs magical realism to combine the supernatural with the ordinary throughout the novel. The book is divided into 12 sections named after the months of the year, starting in January and ending in December. Each section begins with a Mexican recipe.