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Question by tennismnky93: How is the “power of food” shown in the book Like Water for Chocolate?
How is the “power of food” shown in the book Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel and how is it used to develop characters?
Answer by Ted H
The power of food:
The book is a romantic fable from Mexico and centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale’s heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family’s disapproval, and he instead marries Tita’s elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity.
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