Like Water For Chocolate By Laura Esquivel

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The book “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel is a story that is connected by the importance of food and family tradition within a Mexican family. Within the novel, the family is impacted by the importance of these aspects. However the youngest daughter Tita is the one who mostly relates to them. The ways these aspects influence her family consequently end up affecting her personal life. Therefore, food and family tradition have an important role within this novel, since through these Tita is able to express herself as well as to show how these impacts her personal life. Food and family tradition are important for this story, since the food is seen as a way of communication and family tradition as an obstacle within Tita’s life. Ever since she had been born, her closeness to food was seen from that very moment. In the first "scene" of the book, this can be seen. “Tita made her entrance into this world, prematurely, right there on the kitchen table amid the smells of simmering noodle soup, thyme, bay leaves, and cilantro, steamed milk, garlic, and of course, onion” (Esquivel, 5-6). This shows how she connects to food, and this connection only grows more throughout the story. Although, later on Tita is able to mix her own feelings within her food preparation helping her communicate what she feels. When she is cooking is also gets emotionally involved, therefore this lets her mix her feelings in the recipe as well.

Now, family tradition is

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