I do not like to cook, but there were parts of this book, which rotated around the subjects of forbidden love, food, food and forbidden love, that I did like. Primarily I liked that it had a clear plot and a clear story line and did not take a long time to delve into or explore any of it. There was no “I’ll give this 100 pages and see if it’s worth reading.” Right from the beginning you get the essence of the book and you know immediately whether you want to read more or not.
At the beginning Tita tells her Mother that Pedro wants to ask for her hand. Tita is the youngest and her mother believes that it is her responsibility to take care of her until she dies. Pedro is heartbroken and agrees to marry one of the sisters just so that he can be close to Tita.
It’s a love story/cook book because every chapter starts with a recipe and each chapter will delve into the “how-to” portion of the recipe. I found this really distracting and skimmed like crazy when she started talking about cooking.
I did not like the ending. Ugh. And I think that Tita should have found someone else and lived happily ever after in a really hot kitchen. Unfortunately, the author disagreed.