Like Water for ChocolateA Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
« Like Water for Chocolate »•In some Latin Americancountries, such asMexico, hot chocolate ismade not with milk, butwith water instead.Water is boiled andchunks of milk chocolateare dropped in to melt.•Thus, "like water for chocolate" alludes to water atthe boiling point.•Commonly used as a metaphor for describing astate ofpassion (sexual arousal) or of anger.
A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies•References the 19th-century installmentnovel, the Mexican version of women'sfiction published in monthly installments,together with recipes, home remedies,dressmaking patterns, short poems andthe calendar of Church observances. Thisgenre is the forerunner of the westernwomen's magazine.•A reclaiming and a parody of a
Narrative Structure•Each installment features a recipe thatbegins the chapter.