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Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies | Laura Esquivel
Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in tum-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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JoyfulChaos
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Mehso-so

I always look for new recipes online, inevitably finding one attached to a story. They have become a huge pet peeve for me... I just want the recipe, not a story.
I really enjoyed the story itself here, I just couldn't past how much it felt like one of those recipe blogs. Because of that, I read it in one sitting, to avoid the risk of not picking it up again.

kgriffith While I do like the ability to jump to the “recipe card,“ I enjoy the stories if they're well-written and not trying to be too cutesy or clever. Something for everyone, I suppose! :) 3w
JoyfulChaos That's very fair. I do, in general, mean the ones I cannot jump to. They have a story, some of the ingredients, story, some directions, add a (not so clever) adaptation. They just get on my nerves. Lol 1w
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JoyfulChaos
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This is the reading challenge that I have chosen for this year. I'm adding a personal stipulation that I can only choose books in my house. Should get to make the choices interesting. :)
Tagged book is my first read. :)

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OriginalCyn620
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Some books I‘ve read with #foodonthecover.
#keeplitsyactive

Crazeedi I've read 2 of these! 2mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser This is waiting for me on my bedside table! 2mo
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K.Wielechowski
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Pickpick

The book follows Tita, a passionate girl who had the misfortune to be born the youngest in a family where the youngest girl never marries so she can take care of her mother. Tita‘s emotions have a magical effect on everybody at the ranch, especially the emotions she has when she cooks. I think some things get lost in the translation from Spanish to English & there were some cultural things I didn‘t fully understand but it was very interesting.

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CoffeeNBooks
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Pickpick

I read this in the early 90s, and I remembered liking it, so I decided to read it again for the #BookRiotReadHarderChallenge2019: Own Voices Book Set in Mexico/Central America. I enjoyed it just as much this time!

Sace Love this book! 4mo
NeedsMoreBooks Love this one! 4mo
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vonnie862
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"Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves; we need oxygen and a candle to help. In this case, the oxygen for example, would come from the breath of the person you love; the candle would be any kind of food, music, caress, word, or sound that engenders the explosion that lights one of the matches. " #likewaterforchocolate #hispanicheritagemonth #latinxliterature

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OriginalCyn620
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If you haven‘t read this book, which is set in #Mexico, I highly recommend it! #letstraveljuly 🇲🇽

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚❤️🇲🇽 6mo
PaperbackPirate I love this book so much! 6mo
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Lkardos12
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The second #24in48 book finished, and nearly at hour 10! It‘s flying by, and I think I‘m just watching between too many books 🤪. This was such a cute read, I loved the familial tall tales and recipes throughout.

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AbigailDays
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Bailedbailed

I picked this up for an #ownvoices read as part of a #habitica reading challenge. The description sounded right up my alley- recipes, history, and a touch of the fairy tale. The reality was a good deal stranger. There were several bizarrely sexual scenes and mystical elements mixed in with references to Mexican history and step- by- step recipes.
The whole thing was very jarring.

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OriginalCyn620
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I really enjoyed the tagged book and the other is on my #tbr! #water #letstravelaugust

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌊💗📚 6mo
mrp27 Like water for chocolate is one of my all time favorites! 6mo
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AbigailDays
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I had planned to hike to a nice reading rock to enjoy the afternoon, but this sky was lurking over the first ridge. Barely made it back to the car before the hail started!
Credit where it is due, the storm was doing an excellent imitation of the 1812 Overture

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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen ❤️🍫❤️🍫❤️🍫 7mo
Bindrosbookshelf I‘ve had this on my shelves for ages! 7mo
BarbaraBB It‘d the one with the recipes in it, no? I liked it a lot. 7mo
arlenefinnigan @BarbaraBB that's the one. Not a lot of vegetarian recipes! 😉 7mo
BarbaraBB Lol no, tortillas! 7mo
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arlenefinnigan
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Pickpick

This is a really enjoyable. Beautiful writing, a really enjoyable piece of magical realism.

Liatrek I read this book back in high school and loved it ❤️it‘s on my to read again list someday 😊 7mo
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arlenefinnigan
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#ReadHarder challenge 12: an #OwnVoices book set in Mexico or Central America

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flying_monkeys
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Pickpick

I‘m not big on romance but I love magical realism and it seems most mainstream magical realism features romance too. Thankfully, I was drawn into the star-crossed lovers (even if I didn‘t necessarily like either of those lovers), and I was curious whether Tita would ever escape her toxic mother.

All in all, I‘m glad I finally read Like Water for Chocolate, and I‘d recommend it to fans of Sarah Addison Allen style magical realism.

flying_monkeys I wonder how many readers tried out the recipes? 8mo
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ClairesReads
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Mehso-so

The back of my edition of Like Water for Chocolate describes it as a "fairy tale, and a soap opera", and this is 100% accurate. I can see why this novel is as popular as it is. There's a lot to like here, its entertaining, dramatic, fast-moving, and outrageous. What I've realised, or reconfirmed, while reading this is that romance just isn't my genre. I wanted more from the characters, who ultimately seemed a bit superficial #readharder2019

Traci1 I felt the same way. I didn't love this near as much as everyone else seems to. 9mo
CorLie The movie came out when I was *exactly* the right age for it. (I knew enough to get swept away, but too little too be too jaded) and I read the book shortly after. I'm not sure I'd like it as much now as I did then. I'd call this more magical realism than romance, though. It has romance in it, but it doesn't have a romance novel feel... 9mo
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ClairesReads
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An historical romance by an author of colour #readharder2019

Redheadrambles Oooh this is the tricky task 9mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yessss. I‘m pretty sure we decided that this would work for it, and I‘ve had it lying around for years, so it‘s very much a kill two birds with one stone situation for me. 9mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yep they are the best situations, getting some old stock off the TBR piles. I might need to consider this one as well. 9mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yes I love it when read harder gets me to read something I‘ve had around for ages. It‘s very efficient 9mo
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VanessaCW
Pickpick

4⭐️. Quirky, unusual story combining cookery with fiction in a magical way!

Amor4Libros One of my favorite books! 9mo
pdever I assigned that book to students in a writing about food class. I like it! 9mo
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VanessaCW
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ladyneverwhere This is one of my favorites! I think it's time for a re-read ❤️ 9mo
ElizaMarie I don‘t know why... but I really didn‘t like this one. And I know it‘s a fav among many 9mo
Drocchio03 Good idea! I read it ages ago and remember being completely transported. Enjoy! 9mo
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ApplesandSpindles I featured this in an essay I wrote about identity through literature. It is on the HerStories Project if you want to take a peek. Basically, this is the book I read my first night at the University of Texas and it broke open everything about my perception of my place in the world. 9mo
VanessaCW Thanks for that, Tanya. You‘ve written an interesting article. A lot can be learnt from books about life, other cultures, eras, etc. And they broaden the mind - it‘s a big world out there. I can remember having to read certain books at school which didn‘t really interest me at the time. Now my tastes have evolved, I find myself having another go for my own benefit and enjoying them. (edited) 9mo
VanessaCW I‘m not over keen on Mama Elena! 🙀. She‘s lethal with a wooden spoon. 9mo
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Susanita
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1. Sang a cantata, ate pupusas for lunch, put away laundry.
2. Yes
3. Blue
4. Australia
5. I loaned my sister the tagged book. She doesn‘t know where it is.
#premondayvibes

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Landslide
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Linsy
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Pickpick

I finally got to reading this classic yesterday and loved it! A fitting, if tragic, read for Valentine‘s. 💕

kyraleseberg I absolutely adored this book!! 😍 Those cookies look delicious 🤗 11mo
Linsy @kyraleseberg My mom made them for me! She loves every holiday, which makes it fun for me. (edited) 11mo
Linsy @kyraleseberg BTW, I‘ve missed you! I‘m so glad you commented. How are you doing?? 11mo
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kyraleseberg @Linsy Haven is the same way- she loves every holiday so we decorate/bake for them all! 🤗 11mo
kyraleseberg @Linsy I miss you too!!! We're doing well; I register H for Kindergarten next month so she'll start in August. We're prepping the garden for April so that's keeping us excited for the hope of warm weather! How have you & the family been? I was going through photos from UT last week and realized I still need to send you the photos from our day at the dinosaur park! 11mo
Linsy @kyraleseberg Oh my goodness, Kindergarten? I can‘t believe she‘s getting so old! I wish I could come and see your garden and girl! We‘re doing well. I‘m recovering from a really annoying ankle injury from over Christmas — I tried to climb over a couch — but all else is great. James is getting way too smart, growing like crazy and running us wild. We took him to the climbing gym for the first time yesterday — Shayne climbs — it was adorable! 11mo
Linsy @kyraleseberg He refused to let go of Shayne for even one second even though he was one inch off the ground. ☺️ 11mo
kyraleseberg Ooh you have an up & coming professional climber on your hands! That'll put your blood pressure to the test as he grows, lol! I hope your ankle is better soon & I'm glad to hear you all are doing well. I hope we'll be back in Utah in the next 2-3 years & we'd love to see you all again ❤️ 11mo
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Leniverse
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I don‘t read a lot of food related books, but I really enjoyed this one. The recipes are mouth watering and the plot bizarre in the best possible way. I‘d love to try these dishes, but the preparations are rather elaborate and I really don‘t feel like force feeding a turkey an increasing number of walnuts for a fortnight and then killing it.

#favouritefoodrelatedbook
#hour36challenge
#24in48

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tysephine
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#24in48 Hour 36 Challenge! Favorite food books
I read Like Water for Chocolate in high school and it was one of the first times I enjoyed school-related reading.

Suzze This book was amazing! 12mo
Linsy It is exceptional! 11mo
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Blueberry
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Pickpick

I'm glad I finally read this. It had a unique writing style with recipes integrated into the narrative.

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Blueberry
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I thought I would finish both of these today but then had unexpected company.

Linda_Bloodworth_Author How far are you along in each book? 12mo
Blueberry @Linda_Bloodworth_Author 90% in the book on left and 60% in the tagged book on right. 12mo
Linda_Bloodworth_Author I'm sure your TBR list is long. How do you decide what you're reading next? 12mo
Blueberry @Linda_Bloodworth_Author I read whatever is next for my bookclubs, whatever is for my bible study, sometimes something from a Goodreads group or off my physical shelf to make more shelf space. Or sometimes by mood...humor, comfort, familiar series, dystopian. How about you? 12mo
Linda_Bloodworth_Author @Blueberry I'm currently working on my sequel to my first novel, so I'm reading and rereading my manuscript in between reading the Bible. My favourite genres are paranormal, fantasy, horror, dystopian and some science fiction if it's not a space opera. I tend to scan book groups to see what's new and exciting. 12mo
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nelehelen
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Pickpick

3.5/5
I read this for the #ownvoices set in Mexico prompt in the BR #ReadHarder2019 challenge. Honestly, I just picked this without reading anything about this book. And what a pleasant surprise! This short but magical novel is about Tita, the youngest daughter whose sole duty is to take care of their mother. Along with Tita, food and the kitchen are also central to the story. If you like food, magic realism and forbidden love, I would recommend.

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Butterflyamore
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Bailedbailed

Abandoned at page 67. I really don‘t like the story and I don‘t care what the situation is. Pedro is a married man. He made his choice. It‘s not fair to obsess over Tita still.

The format is so creative but I just can‘t do it. I tried.

Tove_Reads Not my fave either. 13mo
LauraBeth I read this at some point during the early 90s and can‘t remember a single thing about it. 13mo
Melli Watch the movie it‘s great 13mo
Butterflyamore @Melli I think I will pass on the movie. I don‘t like the story. 13mo
MrsBibliophile I agree! I hated the basis of the story. If you can't respect the main character, or relate to them, no use in wasting time :-) 13mo
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Butterflyamore
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I‘ve been trying very hard to incorporate a book into each photo challenge I participate in on Facebook. Today‘s theme was hot chocolate.

cassandraolea422 I want to read this book! I'd forgotten all about it thank you for posting! 13mo
Amor4Libros This is one of my favorite books!!! The movie is great also 🙂 13mo
aquariusnat Read and enjoyed this novel. But the ending wasn't as good as the rest of the story . 13mo
NeedsMoreBooks I loved the narrative of this book. 13mo
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aebus
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Panpan

Disappointed with this, but it might have been underwhelming because I just finished Love in the Time of Cholera. Overall, the style is very simple and the characters one dimensional. This might be fun to read aloud to kids if you bypass the explicit bits.

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violabrain
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Panpan

Okay, no. Why is this book so popular? To me, the recipes and home remedies seemed like clunky product placement. And the story itself read like it was written by a child (I‘m not talking about the magical realism). And what in the world is up with the ending?!? Worst book I‘ve read in a long time.

Lcsmcat Right there with you! I was underwhelmed by this one too. 1y
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roobster007

silly, magical, romantic 💕

DebinHawaii A favorite of mine 🌊🍫📚💜 1y
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Literaturenut
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Mehso-so

I loved the way the recipes were weaves into the story. But the main love interest? Just no. #translatedintoenglish #getreading2018 #16of36 #audiobook

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Susanita
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1. This takes special skillz. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-dui-20180815-story.html
2. Like Water for Chocolate
3. We have a cat, so no plants.
4. Math
5. Squirrels, birds, deer, raccoons, bunnies, foxes
#humpdaypost

Robothugs Wow. Special skills for #1 is right 😆 1y
CouronneDhiver Omg. We had a story in the news recently about someone who got his license revoked 20 MINUTES after getting it. Lol What‘s wrong with people? 1y
Geeklet An attorney in a nearby town was arrested for two DUIs like three days apart. The second one was at like noon on a Monday. Guess it hasn‘t hurt her much. I saw a picture of her asleep in court last week. Her client looked piiiissseeedd. 1y
Susanita @Geeklet I‘d be pissed too! 1y
Geeklet @Susanita Oh completely. I think she does a lot of public defender work so I guess the poor dude was just stuck with her. 1y
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Tashreads
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Day 10| #AugustIsATrip #Mexico

A sumptuous Mexican novel about family, love and the magic of food.

CaroPi I think that I gain like 3 kilos reading that book. The recipes sounded great and I had a great Mexican take out. Besides that the story is beautiful 1y
JoRead Time for a reread 😍 1y
vkois88 Gorgeous photo! 1y
Briget66 Forgot about this one. May have to read it again! 🤗 1y
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Tove_Reads
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Poor baby has been 😷 He seems a bit better now, 🤞🏼Anyone likes this book? #mexico #readingtheworld #readtheworld

Graywacke Poor pup! I read LWfC earlier this year and really enjoyed it. 1y
Tanzy13 🐶 1y
Trashcanman I hope that dog feels better. 1y
LeahBergen Poor little guy! 1y
minkyb Hope he feels better. I read the book so long ago my opinion would be useless. 1y
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holarosarita
Mehso-so

Call it magical realism if you like, but the fan fic reader in me knows that this this pure crack. I totally understand why I hated being forced to read this in high school. It beats you over the head with every metaphor and the ending is insufferable.

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holarosarita

“I‘ve never needed a man for anything.” - Mama Elena might be a big old jerk, but she‘s not wrong about EVERYTHING

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holarosarita

I forgot that this book has a river of vomit in it.

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holarosarita
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I feel like my impression of this book was definitely skewed by a bad teacher but.... ughhhhhhhh #anassignedbookyouhated #orneverfinished #readharder2018

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Suzze
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1. Random. Maybe once every 6 - 8 weeks? I did go to the local bakery outlet today. Amazing deals on the baked goods I grew up on. A Michigan institution.
2. Caesar.
3. Bake. I love my KitchenAid mixer! But I don‘t need to bake for awhile. 🤣
4. Yes. But I intend to change that next month for sure.
5. Tagged above.
#TellMeTuesday

Ke633 Thanks for sharing!! I love my kitchen aid mixer too. 🙌🏻 2y
JamieArc Where is this baking outlet??? A fellow #MittenLitten wants to know 😊 2y
smilingshelves @JamieArc I second that! That place looks amazing! 2y
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Suzze @JamieArc @smilingshelves the Awrey outlet is in Livonia. Farmington Rd. S. Of I-96. (edited) 2y
JamieArc Thank you @Suzze ! 2y
smilingshelves Thanks! I'll have to check it out! 2y
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Samplergal
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#tellmetuesday. 1. Twice weekly. Sometimes more. 2. Ranch. 3. Neither 4. I try not to but not successful. 5 tagged book. Like Water for Chocolate.

Ke633 Thanks for sharing! 2y
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julesG
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Hope you're not going to throw me out of here for excess posting...

1) twice a week, usually. I go to the supermarket and farmers market on Monday and Thursday. This week I'll only have to go once, still have enough at home to last me to Thursday.
2) balsamic vinegar and olive oil
3) like both
4) yes, fruit mainly, sometimes biscuits or gummybears
5) tagged and Joanne Harris's Chocolat

#tellmetuesday @Ke633

Ke633 Thanks for sharing! What is your favorite biscuit? 2y
julesG @Ke633 That's like asking for my favourite book. 😝 I like those buttery Danish cookies a lot, a bit like shortbread. Shortbread is also yummy. Then there's the plethora of biscuits I make for bake sales, Christmas, etc... 😊 2y
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elizabethlk
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Day 5 of #riotgrams is rainbow book stack! Can't help but love all the colours! Most of these are still on my tbr because how could I have time to read all the books??

rather_be_reading 😍😍 2y
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UwannaPublishme
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Pickpick

Okay, so this book--riddled with magical realism--definitely took a turn toward the weird, the wacky and "what the heck is going on??? But I still couldn't put it down! ?Wildly entertaining and utterly baffling. And the recipes and remedies...mind-bogglingly priceless.
#readharder
#genrefictionintranslation

PurpleyPumpkin What a great choice for this prompt! I wasn‘t sure what would fit, and now I know. Sounds like it‘s a good book too! It‘s been on my virtual tbr for a long time. 2y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Glad to hear you're going to dive in and read this one. It's very strange at times, but you'll definitely be entertained. 😆👍🏻 2y
trazo This has been on my shelf for years and have not gotten around to it. I might just pick it up soon. Great review 👍🏽 😊 2y
UwannaPublishme Thanks @trazo You're in for plenty of crazy surprises! 😁 2y
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Reggie
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@BarbaraBB Thank you for your comment today because I didn‘t know this package existed until when I read the comment at work. Short story, I was outta town and somebody put it where I never would have seen it. But thank you for this book!!!!! I haven‘t seen the movie or read it before so I‘m excited.

EvieBee They‘re both good!!! 2y
BarbaraBB I am happy it reached you! It is a enjoyable read, I recently read it too 💕 2y
BkClubCare Fun book! I‘ve yet to see the movie. 2y
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zezeki
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Pickpick

If I'm to describe this book with one word, then I'd say passion. Passion between people, passion for food, freedom, independence, rightfulness. So yeah, I liked it. 😁📚📓 #1001books #chocolate #mexico #passion #lust #tradition

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lahousewyfe
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#BookMail This has been on my TBR for years - ever since I saw the movie. Excited to have it in my hands!!! Now, I just need to finish Motherless Brooklyn....

EvieBee I saw the movie first and then read the book. Still an amazing experience! Should probably reread it. 🤔 2y
lahousewyfe @EvieBee I am soooo ready for some magic-realism. Just got some new book mail - 2y
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