Study Guide

Like Water for Chocolate Tough-o-Meter

By Laura Esquivel

Tough-o-Meter

Base Camp (3)

Reading through the ingredients, recipes, and romances that mix together in Like Water for Chocolate doesn't require too much heavy-lifting. In large part this is due to minimalistic dialogue and straight to the point summaries. Not to say that the book is easy; it's filled with complex themes and references to Mexico's violent history. And some of those recipes like "Chiles in Walnut Sauce" (12, 798)? Yeah, we'll leave those to the professionals…

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