Words matter. These are the best Laura Esquivel Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
I started knitting in the Congress, and it was a scandal – like, big scandal.
When I cook certain dishes, I smell my grandmother’s kitchen, my grandmother’s smells. I thought, ‘What a wonderful way to tell a story.’
As a teacher I realize that what one learns in school doesn’t serve for very much at all, that the only thing one can really learn is self-understanding, and this is something that can’t be taught.
The culinary tradition in my family is very strong. My mother, a very wise woman, spent the better part of her life in a kitchen. It’s a very strong part of her identity. I grew up there next to the fire.
We know that the hardest work is to keep yourself open to the world that technology hasn’t tamed.
Progress makes us lose the feeling of a ceremony that cooking should have. It has significantly shifted our values so that now it seems to us that only activities with an economic reward are worth pursuing.
It wasn’t books that inspired me to write. For me, inspiration was simple, immediate: I got it from eating, dancing, talking. I got it from life lived, things touched, from sensuality, from love of life, from our irrefutable connection to the earth.
Everyone’s past is locked up in their recipes – the past of an individual and the past of a nation as well.
The only way to find peace is when you are not separated, when you are not fighting, when you part of the whole.
We’re in a period of revolutionary change. I’m optimistic. One’s self changes, and then the world changes. It’s going to begin internally, not externally.
I believe very much in sensual powers as a means of obtaining understanding.
For me, love is the most important force. It moves the universe.
I was pretty much a hippie. I was a vegetarian, gypsy-like. I liked to meditate, and it’s curious because I was very much attracted to the possibility of change.
The kitchen is where we deal with the elements of the universe. It is where we come to understand our past and ourselves.
I watch cooking change the cook, just as it transforms the food.
Food can change anything.
Destiny has always been something that interested me as a subject, but not in a fatalistic way because I believe that one can transform destiny through self-knowledge.
What has never changed, what is always present and what is, in the end, what sustains us is that energy that I talk about in ‘Like Water for Chocolate…’ that loving energy. Without that, I wouldn’t have had the strength to keep going and enjoy life.
The same way one tells a recipe, one tells a family history. Each one of us has our past locked inside.
I grew up in a modern home, but my grandmother lived across the street in an old house that was built when churches were illegal in Mexico. She had a chapel in the home, right between the kitchen and dining room.
I cook. I walk. I go to the movies. I meditate.
When Chipotle asked me to take part in the Cultivating Thought program both as an author and an essay contest judge, I was excited by the idea of sharing my story through this unique channel and helping young, inspiring writers do the same.
In film you can use images exclusively and narrate a whole story very quickly, but you don’t always so easily find the form in cinema to dig deeper into human thoughts and emotions. And in a novel you can much more easily express a character’s inner thoughts and feelings.
There are still some natural forces that everybody understands. Technology and industry have distanced people from nature and magic and human values.
I like vibrant colors.
I can’t speak for readers in general, but personally I like to read stories behind which there is some truth, something real and above all, something emotional. I don’t like to read essays on literature; I don’t like to read critical or rational or impersonal or cold disquisitions on subjects.
Tradition is an element that enters into play with destiny, because you are born into a particular family – Jewish or Islamic or Christian or Mexican – and your family determines to some extent what you are expected to become. And society is always there attempting to determine the role we will play within it.
I wanted to share my doubts and my culinary, amorous, and cosmic experiences. So I wrote ‘Like Water for Chocolate,’ which is merely the reflection of who I am as a woman, a wife, a mother, a daughter.
Many people think spending an hour or two in the kitchen is a waste of time. But it is a good investment in your spiritual development.
Technology and industry have distanced people from nature and magic and human values.