“Is the old adage in fact true? Are we really what we eat? …

Arguably the quintessential work of food fiction, Like Water for Chocolate…  is Laura Esquivel’s enchanting debut novel recounting the life of Tita de la Garza and her family during the Mexican Revolution. Tita, the youngest daughter of the tyrannical matriarch Mama Elena, falls deeply in love with Pedro Muzquiz. Owing to an age-old family custom, she is forced to forgo love to care for Mama Elena. Distraught and heartbroken, Tita finds companionship, solace, and meaning in her culinary toils, and her emotions mysteriously begin to season the food she prepares. As fantasy mingles with reality, Esquivel seamlessly melds mouthwatering family recipes with a timeless tale of food and love.” Neal Wyatt, Library Journal,  11/1/ 2011

Celebrate love, cooking, and chocolate with the second Around the World Through Books event on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in The Gallery of Georgiadis Hall, Parham Campus.  Fresh chocolates prepared by the culinary students of Chef Jesse Miller will be provided!

Take a glimpse at some of the many recipes inspired by this book posted on blogs, Cooking in Mexico  and Leite’s Culinaria … or check out a book like My Sweet Mexico from the JSRCC cookbook collection to teach yourself!

Around the World Through Books is a free community event sponsored by the Multicultural Enrichment Council at JSRCC.

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