Post written by guest blogger Suzan Nyfeler
Recipe: I Capture the Chocolate
Yield: Several hours of romance and family drama
Prep Time: 5 minutes on Overdrive downloadable
Total Time: 4-6 hours of great reading
- Tita, the put-upon, long-suffering, imagination-filled youngest sister
- One cruel, meddling mother
- Pedro, the love that can never be
- Cassandra, practicing diarist
- The handsome American Cotton brothers
- One kitchen
- One castle
- Two roses of the Rose and Rosaura variety
- Take one Tita, chop finely. Mix with meddling mother until senseless. Add a cup of yearning for Pedro. Leave out for at least 20 years. Taste frequently to see if magic is needed. It will be.
- Let each bite swirl in your mouth. Wonder if love will win.
- Pluck the petals off of Rosaura. Avoid the thorns. Fail.
- In a separate bowl, pour out some Cassandra. Bowl should be made of stone – old stone. Like a castle.
- Add two sticks of handsome American brothers. Yeehaw!
- Crack open a father who just can’t bring himself to write any more even if his family is dirt poor.
- Decorate with Rose petals. Lots of them. There should be so many that you think the recipe won’t work.
- Give up.
- Have a glass of wine and be glad women don’t have to wait around for a man to take care of them anymore.
Special Diet Information: Best for fans of Isabel Allende and Julia Alvarez, or if you like Jane Austen mixed with Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Winner: Like Water for Chocolate. After all, food is love.