Tuesday, April 04, 2006

32. "Like Water For Chocolate" ~ Laura Esquivel

"Like water for chocolate" means to boil over, and everything is on high simmer in Tita's family, based on a Mexican ranch. Her sister married Tita's sweetheart, her mother is a tyrant, and her other sister rode off the ranch astride a horse... and a soldier.

Chatty, familiar, cozy in tone, like sitting around a kitchen while the bread is baking. Each chapter begins with a recipe and the instructions are worked into the narrative.

The voice lulls the reader into believing anything, that tears can affect taste, that love can create lights. And it's such a sweet ride.

4.3 out of 5.0 Ultimate Chocolate Martinis.

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