“Like Water For Chocolate tells the story of Tita De La Garza, the youngest daughter in a family living in Mexico at the turn of the twentieth century. Through twelve chapters, each marked as a “monthly installment” and thus labeled with the months of the year, we learn of Tita’s struggle to pursue true love and claim her independence. Each installment features a recipe to begin each chapter. The structure ofLike Water For Chocolate is wholly dependent on these recipes, as the main episodes of each chapter generally involve the preparation or consumption of the dishes that these recipes yield. The details of additional secondary recipes are woven throughout the narrative.” -Spark Notes

More importantly, in the book and movie, the emotion that is put into the food is felt by all those who consume it.

“When Tita cooks a special meal with the petals of a rose given to her by Pedro, the still-fiery force of their love (transmitted through the food) has an intense effect on Mama Elena’s second daughter, Gertrudis, who is whipped into a lustful state and flees the ranch in the arms of a revolutionary soldier.” -ibid

Having been the recipient of much food given with love, I really believe that this effect is true. Perhaps not demonstratively seen in overt acts, but certainly you can “feel” when food is made with love. Which then calls into question, can you feel the effect of “food” that is made with other more nefarious emotions? When you bite into a Twinkie, are you tasting love…or greed? Do people who recommend diets and foods known to kill or hurt you do it with love? What about the myriad of other food products that enter our bodies with malice, hate, or anger attached? Can we taste the deforestation of the Amazon in your Brazilian beef at McDonalds? Can you taste the pain of the chickens kept in tiny cages when you eat KFC? Why do homemade cookies taste so good? Because they are fresh no doubt, not filled with preservatives too, but could it be because they are made with love?

If we can tell so much about a person by simply shaking their hand, cannot that same hand imbue food with that same emotion? Therefore, eat with passion and seek to eat compassionately. But more than anything, put love into all you do.

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