Most of us will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with boatloads of margaritas and guacamole among other delicious libations. But today I wanted to celebrate the folklore of Mexican culture in a different way.
It’s no wonder why Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival became a best-seller when it was first published in Mexico in 1989. In it, Esquival skillfully interwove the ordinary with the extraordinary. She tells the tale of Tita, the youngest of three sisters who is dictated by family tradition to remain single for the rest of her life to take care of her mother. We witness the nurturing Tita’s struggle to be true both to family tradition and to her own heart. What ensues is a unique, entertaining and passionate story that starts off about love, life and food and then proves that all three are entwined and interdependent.
Get lost in this tasty slice of Mexican literature. Whether you buy it for the recipes at the start of every chapter or the tastefully written sexual energy of the characters’ romance, there’s a little something in this novel for everyone.