Every week, Danielle (from Danielle’s Book Blog) and Cátia (from TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch) host a feature called Book Traveling Thursdays on Goodreads. They give you a topic each Thursday and you choose a book that you think fits. Then comes the fun part: a cover showdown! You post the original cover, the cover from your country (which I won’t be doing because the books aren’t published here), and then your favorite and least favorite cover from any edition around the world.
This week’s topic is a book that focuses on food, eating, or cooking. I LOVE when food is mentioned in books and it plays a part in it. I decided to go with Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel because Tita’s cooking is very important for the plot. Magical realism plays a part in it, as Tita’s feelings and what she mixes into the recipes affect the food as well as the people who eat it. Also, the book actually includes the recipes she uses, which I thought was a nice addition. Now, let’s check out the covers!
This is the 1992 Mexican cover. Although I don’t love the layout, I think the overall look works great for the novel. I think the illustration is really nice! I noticed a lot of editions kept it.
MY COUNTRY’S COVER
This is the cover I had. I never thought much of it. It focuses on sensuality, which is an important theme of the novel. When I had it I liked muted colors and its simplicity.
The left cover is from Poland and the right one if from Lithuania. I’m in love with the colors of the Polish cover. It’s so vibrant and it doesn’t show the complete face of the model (which is always a plus for me in book covers). The Lithuanian one is also gorgeous and quite different. I adore that both covers focus on the mortar and rose petals Tita uses for the most important recipe of the novel.
LEAST FAVORITE COVERS
The left cover is from Thailand and the illustration actually represents parts of the novel, but I don’t think that it does in the best way possible. It’s a bit too abstract and creepy. The one from the right is the German cover, which is just plain lazy design.