Dusty Book: Like Water for Chocolate

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel is a yummy little intro to magical realism, Latin American fiction, and the sensualization of domestic chores. Tita is the youngest of three daughters in a turn-of-the-century Mexican ranching family, raised to live at home and take care of her parents when her sisters marry. When Tita falls in love with the dashing Pedro, her mother insists that he marry her eldest daughter, instead. Obedient Tita’s only outlet is the food into which she pours, whips, froths, and blends her emotions–which in turn feeds the passions of those eating it. At a modest 256 pages, this is a perfect, juicy plum of a book. Perfect for snacking and savoring.

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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