like water for chocolate
Laura Esquivel, Like Water For Chocolate. (Boston, 1990)
Like Water For Chocolate is a fantasy-type love story by Laura Esquivel. It teaches a lot
about family life in Mexico, the country where it took place. The owner of the De la Garza
ranch where the family lived was Mama Elena, who raised three daughters on her own because
her husband had died. Tita, the youngest daughter and main character, was the youngest of
the three and a wonderful cook. Tita was the narrator's great-aunt, so the story took
place in the earlier part of the 20th century. Tita spent most of her life in the kitchen
putting together amazing recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A liitle bit of help
from Nacha, the cook, made her more dynamic in her cooking.
One day, Tita fell in love with a young man named Pedro. Pedro and his father came to the
ranch to ask Mama Elena if Pedro could ask for Tita's hand, but the rules in their family
were that the youngest daughter could never get married. According to tradition, Tita
would have to stay at home and take care of her mother until the day her mother died. This
broke Tita and Pedro's hearts. Mama Elena told Pedro he could marry Tita's sister, Rosaura
though, and he did just so he could be closer to Tita. He never felt any love for Rosaura.