Here we are on our titles for February. Although it was actually for the previous month but it looks like December and January both need to be a break for us. Busy months!
Our choices were, The Mistress of Spices, Chocolat, and, Like Water For Chocolate.
Please tell us which one/s you read and your thoughts (even if you've read them in the past). Be as academic or basic as you like. This club is for FUN first!
If you wrote your own blog post, let me know so I can link it here.
I read LWfC and Chocolat years ago. I enjoyed them both.
Chocolat has a dreamy quality to it and I enjoyed the mother-daughter element. I loved that the chocolate was used to open up people's, often secret, desires, or even just their more passionate selves.
I enjoyed the film as well. And it has nothing to do with Mr Depp's appearance as a rugged and free-spirit gypsy at all, nope.
LWfC has a special connection for me, being Spanish, and I totally relate to infusing food with intention, or even unintentional emotion. The magic-realism here was pushed up a high notch as the passion got out of control. I really loved the mayhem that was created by the emotionally charged food. Very Latino all that chaos!
I read The Mistress of Spices last month and also enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading an Indian perspective. I have lived amongst so many Indian communities and have cooked Indian foods for so long (taught by an ex-boyfriend's mother), that it is a second food-home for me. But I don't know the deeper mystical qualities of the spices used. So that was great fun to discover.
I also connected with the whole 'service or bust' theme, as that's something close to my heart within my culture.
The love story came as a surprise and I liked the way it was handled. And although I felt some sadness, I was satisfied with her final decision.
It was an easy and enjoyable read, and gets you hungry for connecting to the profound in the mundane.