Book six?! Whatttttt?! I cannot believe I've made it to June! *Patting myself on the back* What an accomplishment! Haha.
Anyway, this book was recommended by my sister Pamela years and years ago. I just never got around to reading it because I apparently was so busy with school. Haha. So, when it came time to choosing a new book for the next month, I decided to look through this bin I have under my bed with a bunch of books I've tucked away for times like this. This book was right on top of the pile and I just gave it a go.
It's such a great story about love and food. It's about a girl named Tita who falls in love with a guy named Pedro, but they can't be together because of her mother and the family tradition of the youngest daughter not marrying anyone and taking care of her mother until the day she dies. So, each chapter, the narrator starts off telling the story of Tita's life with a recipe and then goes into the different situations and emotions she goes through, which is expressed through her cooking. This I felt was very similar to the movie Simply Irrisistible with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery about a chef who one day, with the help of a magaical crab, cooks up delicious dishes only to have her customers feel the emotions she had while she was preparing it. I think Esquivel did a very creative job telling the story in this way and I felt she was trying to get the point across that she believes love conquers all and that sometimes you have to go through tough times to get where you want to go, or change situations for others, and just be happy.
I do recommend this book, but be warned that it may be a little raunchy for some people. Haha. After I finished the book, I put on Netflix and found the movie in Spanish and I really appreciated how well the movie stuck to the book. It's so disappointing when certain parts are missing or they change the plot completely, but like I said, it was pretty similar. Go read it or watch it! I think you'll enjoy it!