Like water for Chocolate Essay

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Fabre 1

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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Second, Food in Like Water for Chocolate doesn't only represent emotions it also represents tradition. "Tita gets her great cooking skills from Nacha, this is there way of passing down the recipes from generation to generation. The recipes in Like Water for Chocolate are kept in the family. Tita then passes the recipes to Esperanza. Esperanza then passes them to her daughter who puts them in the book. The recipes that are passes down from generation to generation are also what tell us the story of Tita" (Tradition, Culture, Food in Like Water for
Chocolate 1). "There was one day when Rosaura did attempt to cook. When Tita tried nicely to give her some advice, Rosaura became irritated and asked her to leave the kitchen. The rice was obviously scorched, the meat dried out, the dessert burnt. But no one at the table dared display the tiniest hint of displeasure, not after Mama Elena had pointedly remarked: "As for the first meal Rosaura has cooked it isn’t bad. Don’t you agree, Pedro?" . . . Of course, that afternoon the whole family felt sick to their stomachs" (50). The sickness that the family felt was that of the hate in she prepared the meal with. Third, Esquirel specifically tells the reader that the cook has the power to do stuff by saying

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