With more than two million copies in print, this beloved novel has become a treasured part of America's literary memory. Now, for the first time, this "tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one" (San Francisco Chronicle) is available in trade paper with the original art from the ...Read MoreWith more than two million copies in print, this beloved novel has become a treasured part of America's literary memory. Now, for the first time, this "tall-tale, fairy-tale, soap opera romance, Mexican cookbook, and home-remedy handbook all rolled into one" (San Francisco Chronicle) is available in trade paper with the original art from the hardcover.Read Less
Book in good condition and was a great price! The book is an old favorite so I was looking to relace my old tattered version. I love the flow of the book. The receipes help break of the text but also help make connections with the reader. Not to mention that they are pretty tasty:)
Aug 14, 2008
Good examples of using food to describe a forbidden relationship.
Nov 15, 2007
Lick the Spoon, Buckos, It's That Good
This was a great book, delicious and sumptuous to the last page. A woman, who is pressed into submission by her dictator-like mother, is forbidden to marry the man she loves. He in turn marries her older sister to be closer to her. The kitchen is our heroine?s workshop. Whatever she is feeling gets swept up into the meal she is making, affecting those who eat it. The lust she feels claims her younger sister, the sorrow inside her crushes her family to tears. Each chapter walks you through the recipes that are created during the story. This was a grand book with a magical realism for spice.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-08-24 Each chapter of screenwriter Esquivel's utterly charming interpretation of life in turn-of-the-century Mexico begins with a recipe--not surprisingly, since so much of the action of this exquisite first novel (a bestseller in Mexico) centers around the kitchen, the heart and soul of a traditional Mexican family. The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking. Esquivel mischievously appropriates the techniques of magical realism to make Tita's contact with food sensual, instinctual and often explosive. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. 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. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations. (Oct.)
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