Like Water for Chocolate

What is the nature of Tita's relationship to the kitchen? Why is the kitchen so important to her?

Chapter 1

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The narrator describes cooking and the kitchen as the center of Tita’s world. She is born and raised there and learns to relate to the sounds, smells, and activities of the kitchen more than any other place on the ranch. Likewise, this chapter continually uses food as the center of the family history. Many events emerge out of descriptions of food or cooking. For instance, sausage introduces Pedro Muzquis’ house visit in the same way that the Christmas rolls introduce Tita’s birth. From here forward fool will play an integral role in the telling of stories and the lives of the characters.