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Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)
Things to know about Como agua para chocolate:
This book of magical realism is written by Mexican author Laura Esquivel. This story takes place during the Mexican Revolution from 1910-1917 on a ranch in Northern Mexico. Tita de la Garza is fifteen years old and the youngest daughter in the family. She must uphold the family tradition, as the youngest daughter, to never marry so she can take care of her mother until death. Yet Tita longs for her lover Pedro and is only able to express her emotions while she cooks. The phrase “like water for chocolate” is a common expression that means that one’s emotions are on the verge of boiling over.
We look forward to being swept into the mix of the supernatural and reality to explore the themes in our discussions.
Como agua para chocolate is divided into 12 sections named after the months of the year, starting in January and ending in December. Each section begins with a Mexican recipe!
1.Capítulo I- ENERO: Tortas de Navidad
2.Capítulo II-FEBRERO: Pastel Chabela
3.Capítulo III- MARZO: Codornices en pétalos de rosas
4.Capítulo IV-ABRIL: Mole de guajolote: con almendra y ajonjolí
5.Capítulo V-MAYO: Chorizo norteño
6.Capítulo VI-JUNIO: Masa para hacer fósforos
7.Capítulo VII: JULIO: Caldo de colita de res
8.Capítulo VIII-AGOSTO: Champandongo
9.Capítulo IX-SEPTIEMBRE: Chocolate y Rosca de Reyes
10.Capítulo X-OCTUBRE: Torrejas de natas
11.Capítulo XI-NOVIEMBRE: Frijoles gordos con chile a la Tezcucana
12.Capítulo XII-DICIEMBRE: Chiles en nogada
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Monthly Virtual Meeting for 60 minutes with 6 people.