Sensual and electrifying, this book contains recipes, passion, magic, and a poetic voice, all woven into one perfect and irresistible masterpiece.
I wanted a slow read, something poetic and magical and gradually building, but Esquivel’s story and her characters swept me into the torrent of their lives and the plot of Tita’s lifelong search for love.
The book centers around Tita, born prematurely – crying from the smell of chopped onions – into the kitchen that her life will center around. With a tyrannical mother, a preternatural gift in la cocina, and a fiery but frustrated love, this is quite a story. Along the way, you will (slantwise, out of the corner of your eye, as you watch love and lust and sorrow and heartbreak and hope swirling around sumptuous recipes) learn a bit about the Mexican Revolution that takes place during the book, which is set near the border of Mexico and the United States.
Lush, lavish, and evocative, Esquivel’s prose and her characters will mesmerize you, affecting you much as Tita’s food affects those who eat it.