The true first edition was published in Mexico in 1989 as "Como Agua Para chocolate". The first U.S. edition was published by Doubleday in 1992. The first edition points for this U.S. edition are as follows:
FIRST EDITION is stated on the copyright page below full number line "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2". Boards are brown with gold lettering on a brown cloth spine. Front of Dust jacket lacks a yellow oval cirle that in later printings has either a review by USA Today, or a statement that says "NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM Miramax". Back of dust jacket has a photo of the author, and three reviews - by Sandra Cisneros, Diana Kennedy, and Elena Poniatowska.
Picture of the 1992 first edition dust jacket for Like Water for Chocolate.
Picture of the first edition copyright page for Like Water for Chocolate.
Picture of dust jacket where original $17.50 price is found for Like Water for Chocolate.
Picture of the back dust jacket for the first edition of Like Water for Chocolate.
Picture of the first edition Doubleday boards for Like Water for Chocolate.
Picture of the back dust jacket flap for the first edition of Like Water for Chocolate.
Picture of the first edition title page for Like Water for Chocolate.
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