NAMPA -- The Nampa School District is removing the book Like Water for Chocolate from a ninth grade curriculum after some parents complained about passages including descriptions of sexual encounters.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports Nampa School Board Chairman Scott Kido received 15 emails Sunday about the book by Mexican author Laura Esquivel. Kido says he agreed the book seemed inappropriate and it will be pulled.

Parents who complained called the novel a vile piece of work with an immense amount of pornography.

Esquivel shot to fame in the late 1980s with the book, which has been translated from the original Spanish into numerous languages. The passionate tale of unrequited love became an international best seller and later one of the highest-grossing foreign films ever released in the United States.

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