Like Water for Chocolate published in 1989, is Laura Esquivel’s first novel. Part cookbook, part fiction, the work retells the story of the De la Garza family with a specific focus on Tita de la Garza. Appropriately, every chapter begins with a recipe, just as every major event in the story has a direct tie to food and food preparation. A movie by the same title was made based on the novel shortly after Esquivel first published it.
Originally written in Spanish, the work has since been translated into English amongst other languages.