Laura Esquivel — Mexican Author born on September 30, 1950,

Laura Esquivel is a Mexican novelist, essayist, and screenwriter who has made noted contributions to Latin-American literature. Her first novel Como agua para chocolate became a bestseller in Mexico and the United States, and was later developed into an award-winning film... (wikipedia)

I acknowledge the four elements. Water in the North; incense to recognize the air in the East; flowers for the earth in the South; a candle for light from the West. It helps me keep perspective.
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.
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.
I watch cooking change the cook, just as it transforms the food.
As a very young girl, I understood that the interior activities of the home are as significant as the exterior activities of society.