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Like Water for Chocolate

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Laura Esquivel

Narrated By: Yareli Arizmendi

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 4 hours 26 minutes


Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • Khadija Abdulmalik

    Good read for sure!! This book is full of so much powerful detail of love and food.

  • Sandra

    I really enjoyed this book. It was abridged and I would've preferred to hear it in its entirety. This was a bittersweet tale of a family that felt a lot like a fairy tale. It was a nice treat.

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