Like Water For Chocolate Book Review: Food, Love, Life Soap Opera

To the table or to bed you must come when you are bid.”

This pretty much sums up Like Water for Chocolate (Book number 9) by L. Esquivel. As the title implies, like water for chocolate or como agua para chocolate in Mexican means passion – something hot and intense. The book takes this tone all throughout its sensual, sinful, and very soap opera plot.

Like Water for Chocolate related the story of Tita, a Mexican woman doomed to serve her Hitler of a mother for life and so this sentence prevents her from ever marrying and having children. The complications reach boiling point when Tita gets herself a boyfriend against family tradition and later, the boyfriend, Pedro, settles to marry her sister so he could get near Tita. From hereon, the book takes a story similar to the soap operas played every weekday afternoon on local TV. πŸ˜† This is one of those books with a really ridiculous plot, in fact so ridiculous you just have to enjoy it.

Like Water for Chocolate deals with the concept of freedom, love, lust, envy, power, loyalty, wrath, and pride. It is pretty much the seven deadly sins kind now that I look back on it. But what is fantastic is that it is all wrapped up in easy reading whose main frame is “the secrets of love and life as revealed by the kitchen.” I loved its attack on truth too: “the simple truth is that it does not exists; it all depends on a person’s point of view.” Spot on.

The characters were also solid, all with their own personality and flair. I fell in love with the villain, Mama Elena. The woman was independent, headstrong, ruthless, and unswerving. She could very well be the sane version of Bellatrix Lestrange. πŸ˜›

In all, this book was a feast for the senses and a nibble for the heart and mind. Thank you KG for recommending this book. I am not particularly crazy about the magical realism bit and the outlandish plot but the aftertaste I got from Like Water for Chocolate was delicious.

On the photo: My copy of Like Water for Chocolate was a pasalubongΒ (coming home treat) from My Man around three weeks ago. I edited the blasted photo to bits because I took it on my desk and it has taken a whole new level of messiness busyness these days. πŸ˜‰

19 thoughts on “Like Water For Chocolate Book Review: Food, Love, Life Soap Opera

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  4. I’ve read this book twice already. back when I was still sooooo young and a few years ago, and on both times, loved it. haha! weird no? After reading the book the first time, I wondered if your emotions while cooking could really be transferred to the food. I dunno. I just know that what I cook at home gets appreciated by my family (or maybe that’s because they don’t have much of a choice. haha!)

    • it might, siguro pag upset ka you can’t focus much. but it is good to know they like your cooking. i cannot cook yet but mother goose has killer cooking skills.

    • siguro nga πŸ™‚ it was not completely drawn to it either, in fact i took some time to read it. normally i would take 3 days to begin and end a book, ito kahit maikli lang natagalan ako, super installment matapos ko lang πŸ™‚

  5. haha! i recommended this without my knowing! haha! interesting read ano? especially the different foods and the effects they had on the people: sadness, happiness, lust! πŸ™‚

  6. you know this is a movie too right? i cannot remember if i saw this one, i had a phase in my life where i only saw foreign movies. i think i’ll put this on my netflix queue just in case i didn’t see it. the title just jumps out at me, but cannot remember the storyline.

    • yes, i heard it was the highest grossing foreign movie shown in the US. i have not seen in though. wala na din akong balak panuodin pa, ayos na yung nabasa ko pwede na yun πŸ™‚

    • go sheng! very desperate housewives ito but the main setting is in the kitchen. πŸ™‚ may mga recipes din sa loob, actually each chapter is inspired by a recipe.

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