Like water for Chocolate

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Jose Fabre
Mr. Rodriguez
English 4, Period 1
November 17, 2014
The Importance of Food in "Like Water for Chocolate"
Louise Fresco once said "Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity". Food is obviously a strong part of Laura Esquirel's novel "Like Water for Chocolate". Esquirel bases her novel in telling stories with recipes. These recipes are not only formulas, they are also memories and traditions being passed down from generation to generation. Each chapter begins with a new recipe, and these recipes are used to tell Tita’s life story in Like Water for Chocolate.
Just like Fresco said "food is
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Culinary activity involves not just the

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combination of prescribed ingredients, but something personal and creative emanating from the cook, a magical quality which transforms the food and grants its powerful properties that go beyond physical satisfaction to provide spiritual nourishment as well" (60). The use of Magical realism in this novel let's the reader understand more how in this novel the cook possesses the talent to become an artist a healer or a lover. In conclusion, Food has a meaning of communication in this novel. Food is represented to show the emotions of Tita as well as the other characters. Food has a strong role in Like Water for Chocolate because food and it's tradition is what identifies the main character, Tita . Through the novel we see that Tita was born in a Kitchen and lived cooking almost all her life. The title of the book is also symbolic because "the phrase like water for chocolate came from Mexico. In
Mexico,hot chocolate is made with water, not milk. The water is brought to a boil and then the chocolate is spooned into it. A person in a state of sexual excitement is said to be "like water for chocolate(Urban Dictionary). " The narrator utilized food to represent Titas attraction to Pedro.
Food is extremely important in this novel because without the magical realism used with the food, it would of been harder for the reader to understand Titas affair with
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