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Longing, food, magic and the farm life
Reviewed in India on 5 January 2019
Like water for chocolate is a heart wrenching romantic story laced with magic and food.
The almost cruel love story of Tita and Pedro unfolds against a backdrop of slicing, peeling, sifting, pounding - basically 12 chapters - one each for a month with a recipe. With each chapter, and recipe the love develops and takes different twists and turns.
Yet I say cruel because I can’t even begin to imagine the agony of unconsumed passion, of unrequited love that the characters had for 22 years and beyond. The description of an emotional life by means of food is so beautiful. Cooking here has magical powers but falls short of winning that love and there’s only a longing of a strong kind. Tita’s effect on food is powerful. Her emotions transfer to the food she cooks. It brings out almost magical passion in other people and yet there she is, alone, with only frustrations and sometimes hopes of being in love.