Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Like Water for Chocolate- Laura Esquivel

It is such an endearing story. Written in  12 chapters, one for each month and a recipe at the beginning of each chapter it  chronicles the lives of five women; their search for the love of their lives and the cruel reality in which they live.

The narrative is beautiful and seamlessly blends the cooking-life with the non-cooking life. The metaphors are so unique and different, it is all about the cooking; the oils, the onions, the rose-petals and the magical tears that can fill up an entire reserve of salt.

The story is set in Mexico, soon after the Mexican revolution and has the story of three sisters (Tita, Gertrude and R) ,their domineering mother Mama Elena and their cooks Nacha and Chencha. Each of these women fall in love- and each of these women have their hearts broken. It is impossible for them to just be happy. 

And you should read this book if you like Mexico, stories about women, love, recipe and cooking (from what Senior S said, I think most recipes are cook-able), and Magical Realism. Tita literally cries rivers, she knits a humongous quilt to keep herself warm, and Ox-tail soup relieves her! So exotic and refreshing and heart-breaking. 

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