Author bio

Laura Esquivel

Laura Esquivel - book author

A teacher by trade, Laura Esquivel gained international attention with Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies and The Law of Love. In both books she manages to incorporate her teaching abilities by giving her readers lessons about life. During an on-line Salon interview with Joan Smith, she said, "As a teacher I realize that what one learns in school doesn't serve for very much at all, that the only thing one can really learn is self understanding and this is something that can't be taught." With the intensity of a committed teacher incorporating glitzy stunts into the curriculum to get the attention of her students, Esquivel took a bold step when she incorporated multimedia in The Law of Love by combining her science fiction, new age, and spiritual story with a CD of arias by Puccini and Mexican danzones, and forty-eight pages of illustrations by a Spanish artist.

Laura Esquivel is the author of books: Like Water for Chocolate, Malinche, The Law of Love, Pierced by the Sun, Swift as Desire, El diario de Tita, Mi negro pasado (Como agua para chocolate, #3), Rode rozen en tortillas & De liefde van don Júbilo, Between Two Fires: Intimate Writings on Life, Love, Food Flavor, El libro de las emociones: son de la razón sin corazón


Author books

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Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water For Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit - and recipes.

A sumptuous feast of a novel, it relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her, so that Tita and Pedro are forced to circle each other in unconsummated passion. Only a freakish chain of tragedies, bad luck and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.
02
This is an extraordinary retelling of the passionate and tragic love between the conquistador Cortez and the Indian woman Malinalli, his interpreter during his conquest of the Aztecs. Malinalli's Indian tribe has been conquered by the warrior Aztecs. When her father is killed in battle, she is raised by her wisewoman grandmother who imparts to her the knowledge that their founding forefather god, Quetzalcoatl, had abandoned them after being made drunk by a trickster god and committing incest with his sister. But he was determined to return with the rising sun and save her tribe from their present captivity. When Malinalli meets Cortez she, like many, suspects that he is the returning Quetzalcoatl, and assumes her task is to welcome him and help him destroy the Aztec empire and free her people. The two fall passionately in love, but Malinalli gradually comes to realize that Cortez's thirst for conquest is all too human, and that for gold and power, he is willing to destroy anyone, even his own men, even their own love.
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This exuberantly romantic and wildly comic tale from the author of Like Water for Chocolate combines inventive printed fiction with Puccini arias on a CD! When a Mexican astroanalyst in the 23rd century searches her past lives for her lover, she encounters many adventures, including the fall of Montezuma and a plot by a reborn Mother Teresa to rule the planet. As the music in the CD releases the past lives, you see those reincarnations unfold dramatically in a series of colorful artwork.
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Lupita’s hard-knock life has gotten the better of her time and time again. A childhood robbed of innocence set off a chain of events that she still has not managed to control, no matter how hard she tries. Every time she thinks she has a handle on things, unexpected turns make her question everything, including herself.

When Lupita witnesses the murder of a local politician whom she greatly admires, the ghosts of her past resurface as she tries to cope with the present. She quickly falls back into her old self-destructive habits and becomes a target of Mexico’s corrupt political machine. As the powers that be kick into high gear to ensure the truth remains hidden, Lupita finds solace in the purity of indigenous traditions. While she learns how to live simply, like her ancestors, she comes to understand herself and rediscovers light within a dark life. And if there is hope for Lupita’s redemption, perhaps there is hope for Mexico.
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An enchanting, bittersweet story, touched with graphic earthiness and wit; Esquivel shows us how keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness, and how communication is the key to love.

Instead of entering the world crying like other babies, Júbilo was born with a smile on his face. He had a gift for hearing what was in people's hearts, for listening to sand dunes sing and insects whisper. Even as a young boy, acting as an interpreter between his warring Mayan grandmother and his Spanish-speaking mother, he would translate words of spite into words of respect, so that their mutual hatred turned to love. When he grew up, he put his gift to good use in his job as a humble telegraph operator.

But now the telegraph lies abandoned, obsolete as a form of communication in the electronic age, and don Júbilo is on his deathbed, mute and estranged from his beloved wife, Lucha, who refuses to speak to him. What tragic event has come between two such sensuous, loving people to cause their seemingly irreparable rift? What mystery lies behind the death of the son no one ever mentions? Can their daughter bring reconciliation to her parents before it is too late, by acting as an interpreter between them, just as Júbilo used to do for other people?

Swift as Desire is Laura Esquivel's loving tribute to her father, who worked his own lifelong magic as a telegraph operator. In this enchanting, bittersweet story, touched with graphic earthiness and wit, she shows us how keeping secrets will always lead to unhappiness, and how communication is the key to love.
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De las manos, del olfato, de las lágrimas, de los aromas y del corazón de Tita se desprende esta historia deliciosa, este diario es un diálogo íntimo que sigue las huellas de la familia De la Garza, iniciadas años atrás en la exitosa novela Como agua para chocolate.

El diario de Tita es el espacio donde la protagonista atesora sus secretos más intrincados, recetas sin preparar, recuerdos que casi se diluyen; es el sitio sagrado donde se mezclan todos los ingredientes de una gran novela junto con los destellos espirituales característicos de la autora. Esta historia logra regalarnos un secreto que a su vez nos permitirá recuperar nuestra propia intimidad y, por qué no, nuestro propio secreto guardado en el fondo de una flor marchita o de una carta que luego de generaciones espera sorprender a su asiduo lector.
Tras veinticinco años de la aparición de Como agua para chocolate, que ha robado el corazón de más de siete millones de lectores, El diario de Tita constituye mucho más que una segunda parte, es la realización del sueño de Tita: compartir con todo el mundo los más íntimos rincones de su corazón.
Este conmovedor relato nos permitirá conocer de cerca los hilos mágicos e íntimos con que en su momento fue tejida Como agua para chocolate, la cautivadora historia que le ha dado la vuelta al mundo.

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Mi negro pasado, continuación de Como agua para chocolate, es una defensa de la independencia femenina, y la mejor receta contra los males de nuestros días: el desarraigo, la obesidad y el consumismo vacío.

María, adicta a la comida, sufre el injusto fin de su matrimonio, en mitad de una avalancha de reproches racistas y machistas. Deshecha, recibe de manos de Lucía, su abuela por mucho tiempo ausente, el diario de Tita. Al adentrarse en él, descubrirá insospechados secretos familiares, la capacidad del espíritu humano para volar alto gracias a la alquimia que transforma los ingredientes naturales en alimento y un sentido de pertenencia jamás experimentado.

La voz de María, de la misma estirpe guerrera que las mujeres De la Garza, continuará tejiendo la saga familiar. La protagonista deberá sortear los baches filiales, al tiempo que gana confianza en sí misma. Este proceso la llevará a crear una conexión inquebrantable con Tita y todos sus ancestros, y logrará así la reconciliación de cuerpo y mente. Un renacer a la vida. Pero el verdadero dilema será cuando María experimente otra vez el más profundo de los sentimientos: el amor.

Mi negro pasado es una novela que no dejará indiferente a nadie, la épica de varias generaciones de mujeres libres y apasionadas que nos enseñan a vencer las adversidades.
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Dubbelroman:

Rode rozen en tortilla's
De Mexicaanse Mama Elena woont met haar drie dochters op een kleurrijke hacienda. Haar jongste dochter Tita wil trouwen met de sensuele Pedro, maar de traditie gebiedt dat zij haar moeder tot aan haar dood verzorgt. Pedro trouwt daarop met Tita's zuster Rosaura, om toch in de buurt van zijn geliefde te kunnen zijn. Door middel van de magische gerechten die Tita in de keuken bereidt, probeert ze Pedro te verleiden...

De liefde van don Júbilo
Een telegrafist op het Mexicaanse platteland die voor het geluk geboren lijkt, ontdekt dat hij ook anderen gelukkig kan maken door de inhoud van telegrammen te veranderen.
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From the author of Like Water for Chocolate comes a richly layered collection of stories, essays, and recipes that delves into affairs of the heart, the spirit, and, of course, the stomach.

In this fully illustrated book of musings and memories, beloved novelist Laura Esquivel reflects on the powerful relationships that shape us and the central role of food in them all. With imagination, intimacy, and wry humor, she offers up a banquet of vivid writings and mouthwatering recipes. Between these pages you’ll discover warm kitchens; rich, fragrant moles; and loved ones sharing the essential joy of cooking. The women who taught Esquivel to cook approached food with a spiritual reverence—they were, in essence, priestesses and alchemists. Under their guidance, Esquivel learned that there is magic in food and in those who prepare it. This magic is felt when we close our eyes to take that first perfect bite, and it brings flavor to the writings in this beautiful collection.
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Laura Esquivel, author of the best-selling Like Water for Chocolate, sets aside her fiction writing to explore the role of emotions in our lives through this inquisitive and entertaining book. She delves into such questions as why we live in a time where depression and stress rule over all, or why we're constantly obsessed with being politically correct.