Laura Esquivel

Laura Esquivel is a Mexican author best known for her novel 'Like Water for Chocolate' (1989), which was adapted into a successful film. Her work often incorporates magical realism and explores themes of love, family, and tradition. Esquivel has also been involved in politics, serving in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies for the Morena Party.


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  1. 1. Like Water For Chocolate

    This novel is a romantic, magical realism tale set in turn-of-the-century Mexico. It chronicles the life of Tita, the youngest daughter in a traditional Mexican family, who is forbidden to marry due to a family custom that mandates the youngest daughter must care for her mother until death. Tita falls in love with Pedro, who in turn marries her elder sister to stay close to her. The story is uniquely structured around the twelve months of the year, each beginning with a traditional Mexican recipe. The protagonist's emotions become infused with her cooking, leading to strange effects on those who consume her culinary creations.