Another book in my A-Z Book Challenge. This book I did enjoy. A quick and easy read.
From the book jacket:
Like Water for Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness and bittersweet wit. 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 in desperation he marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. For the next 22 years 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 is a love story divided into twelve sections. There is a recipe from Mexican cooking at the beginning of each chapter and the recipe relates to an incident in the chapter. When Pedro marries Tita’s oldest sister in order to be near Tita, it begins a life-long conflict and mixed into this story are the Mexican recipes. The food is described in great detail, so much so that you can almost taste the flavour! Those who partake of the food are affected by the passion that has been put into the construction of the dish.
Some of the story telling in this novel is a little far-fetched, it is almost what you would call folk myth or legend. The story itself is told by Tita’s grand-niece who is using her cookbook and continuing a tradition, but not the tradition her great-grandmother tried to impose.
A delightful, and at times sad and moving love story.