Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

78%

10 Critic Reviews

As we witness the nurturing Tita's struggle to be true both to family tradition and to her own heart, we are steeped in elaborate recipes for dishes such as turkey mole with almonds and sesame seeds...Playful in its flirtation with magical realism and engaging in its folkloric earthiness but, nonetheless, light, romantic fare.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Laura Esquivel

See more books from this Author
Laura Esquivel was born in Mexico City in 1950. Her first novel, "Like Water for Chocolate, " has sold more than four and a half million copies around the world and remained on the "New York Times" bestseller list for more than a year. She currently lives in Mexico.
 
Published August 13, 2002 by Anchor. 268 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Horror, Romance, Education & Reference, Cooking, Erotica. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Like Water for Chocolate
All: 10 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

As we witness the nurturing Tita's struggle to be true both to family tradition and to her own heart, we are steeped in elaborate recipes for dishes such as turkey mole with almonds and sesame seeds...Playful in its flirtation with magical realism and engaging in its folkloric earthiness but, nonetheless, light, romantic fare.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 07 2015

Esquivel does a splendid job of describing the frustration, love and hope expressed through the most domestic and feminine of arts, family cooking, suggesting by implication the limited options available to Mexican women of this period...In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself...

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by ABR on Aug 22 2013

With Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel has created a unique story that is appealing on many levels. It is a love story, a fairy tale and a cookbook. The relationship between Pedro and Tita is sad and sincere and intense...And the magical elements of the story...add to the story’s appeal.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

BellaOnline

Good
Reviewed by Sandy Hemphill on Dec 29 2015

Twelve chapters, named for each month of the year, begin with a list of ingredients for a recipe Tita will cook during the course of the chapter; cooking instructions are revealed in the narrative. These recipes are delicious!

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

Las Vegas Review Journal

Good
Reviewed by Karen Nielson on Jul 21 2008

Culture, romance, and food. Laura Esquivel’s “Like Water for Chocolate” manages to combine all three ingredients into a charming novel.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Aug 08 2015

Unexpected events lead Tita through 22 years of joy, heartache, hatred and love...everyone likes a good realistic book where they can relate to the characters, but Like Water for Chocolate lets you relate, while at the same time allowing your imagination to run wild. It's a drama-filled fairy tale that you'll want to read over and over.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

Vulpus Libris

Good
Reviewed by Kate Macdonald on Jan 17 2012

The recipes are more than just a way to link the events of the story, they are part of the story...I love the cookery in this novel. I like reading recipes that tell stories and have history wrapped around them. I also really like recipes with ingredients that I don’t know, or can’t even pronounce.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

Small World Reads Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Small on Oct 09 2010

Set in Mexico at the turn of the century, Like Water for Chocolate focuses on Tita, the youngest daughter of a traditional Mexican family...this is a fun book—one to read when you need something light but well-written.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

The Bibliobrat

Excellent
Reviewed by J.C. on May 16 2009

This book is about relationships: those between a family of women and the challenges borne out of sibling love and rivalry; those affected by a family tradition that is the catalyst for rebellion...I love this book. I love the story. I cannot get over the amount of depth and beauty in this book.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

Reading Junky

Above average
Reviewed by Readingjunky on Jul 07 2012

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE is an interesting combination of Mexican history and tradition, love story, and recipes...Tita's story will keep readers' attention with frequent surprising twists, vivid and sometimes disturbing depictions of life in turn of the 20th century Mexico, romance, and also a touch of Mexican folklore and fairy tale.

Read Full Review of Like Water for Chocolate

Reader Rating for Like Water for Chocolate
77%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 835 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×