Like Water for Chocolate

February 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

Como agua para chocolate in Spanish, is a popular novel written by Laura Esquivel. It is my 5th entry this week. As you may have noticed, my previous entries were unconventional expressions of love and this one is no different.

It tells the story of Tita, the youngest daughter of Elena de la Garza. It has been the tradition of their family for the youngest daughter to stay unmarried and to take care of her mother until the latter’s death. Tita however fell in love with Pedro but because of the tradition, is forbidden to marry him. Pedro marries Tita’s elder sister Rosauro instead. Heartbroken, Tita turned to cooking and unconsciously expressed her passions and feelings through it. People who tasted her dishes are filled with the same feelings and caused them to act their own passions as well.

In 1992, Laura Esquivel’s ex-husband Alfonso Arau, directed the movie based on the novel.


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