In the novel Like Water for Chocolate the heroine, Tita, is a brilliant cook who is forced to forego love to care for her aging mother. Tita’s mother has forbidden her youngest daughter to marry, believing it is Tita’s duty to stay single and care for her until she dies. Tita is a good daughter and serves her family well—cooking and caring for their home. But when it is announced that Tita’s sister will marry the man that Tita loves—her strength fails her. Tita is forced to make the wedding cake for her sister’s wedding. Tita has always poured her passion into the food she prepares for her family, but the making of the wedding cake is too much. She moistens the batter with her tears. The cake is filled with Tita’s sorrow to the point that when the wedding guests taste it, they are filled with longing and begin to weep. Throughout the book, Tita pours her heart into the food she prepares and whoever partakes of her dishes is flooded with the emotions she experiences as she dices and chops, stirs and sautés.
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