Episode 9: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Introduction

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In the ninth episode of Literary Canon Ball we discuss Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate. Originally published in 1989, Like Water for Chocolate is a classic of Mexican literature written by screenwriter and novelist Laura Esquivel.

Part cookbook, part steamy romance, part family drama and all magic realism, Water for Chocolate tells the story of Tita the youngest daughter of the all-female De La Garza family around the time of the Mexican revolution in the early twentieth century.

The story, which spans some 22 years, is told through twelve chapters, each of which begin with a recipe.

Like Water for Chocolate was a number one bestseller in Mexico for two years. The English translation was published in 1992 and a film was released in the same year.

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