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Between Two Fires : Intimate Writings on Life, Love, Food, and Flavor
Published: February 13, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
In all of these essays, Esquivel reflects on the essential way that food connects people to the important, spiritual aspects of life, often promoting her ideal of the New Man who "will give equal value to production and
reproduction, to reason and emotion, to the intimate and the public, to the material and the spiritual." In essays such as "Apple Soup," "Manchamanteles" and "Chestnut Souffl?," she employs her characteristic blend of anecdotes and Mexican recipes.
"Oaxacan Black Mole," for example, comes with a story about the first time the author made the dish as a childAit took hours because she thought the chicken was supposed to be shredded before it was cooked! Other works are more philosophical, like "God
is Above, The Devil, Below," which describes the time the author gave up chocolate as a political statement. Esquivel has a strong, distinctive voice and a passion for her subject. Collections, though, can be tricky: at times, Esquivel is repetitious,
particularly in her expositions about the New Man. To get the full benefit of her humor and insight, it's best to take short sips rather than long draughts. Two-color line drawings by F. Melendez throughout. (Jan.) Forecast: Drawn from her newspaper and
magazine articles, book prologues and speeches, this collection of 14 essays will appeal to adamant fans of Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate and The Laws of Love. Some general food readers, however, will probably skip over the title in favor of books
by authors with true gastronomic credentials.
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"The return to the kitchen was not easy. I wanted my daughter to know her past, to eat what I had eaten in my childhood;
however, I quickly realized that I no longer remembered my family's recipes....I forced myself to try and remember a recipe on my own. And that is how I discovered, as I had already known in my childhood, that it was possible to hear voices in the
Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel leapt to international fame with Like Water for Chocolate. With millions of copies sold in hardcover and paperback, and with the phenomenal success of the movie, it is truly one of the most beloved stories
of the last decade. In her latest book, Between Two Fires, Laura Esquivel continues to sustain us on levels beyond the physical.
Between Two Fires is a wonderful collection of the best of her passionate speeches, short writings, and recipes from
the last decade or so, most never published in English. Funny, poignant, imaginative, and insightful, Esquivel muses on all the topics we have come to associate with her -- love, life, family, and of course, the importance of food in all aspects of the
human experience -- while also giving us a rare look at what makes her tick. Beautifully illustrated with delightful drawings, this gem is the perfect gift book for her many fans, as well as for foodies and readers of Latin literature everywhere.
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