Tita is only able to express herself when she cooks. The book is pdf like water for chocolate into 12 sections named after the months of the year, starting in January and ending in December. Tita de la Garza, the novel’s main protagonist, is 15 at the start of the story.
Mexico—US border with her mother, Mamá Elena, and her older sisters Gertrudis and Rosaura. The feeling turns out to be mutual, so Pedro asks Mamá Elena for Tita’s hand in marriage. She suggests that Pedro marries Tita’s sister, Rosaura, instead. In order to stay close to Tita, Pedro decides to follow this advice.
Tita has a deep connection with food and a love for cooking, enhanced by the fact that Tita’s primary caretaker as a child was Nacha, the family cook. Her love for cooking also comes from the fact that she was born in the kitchen. In preparation of the wedding, Tita is forced to prepare the cake with Nacha. While preparing the cake, Tita is overcome with sadness, and cries into the cake batter. At the wedding, everyone gets violently sick, vomiting everywhere. Suspecting Tita was behind the incident, Mama Elena punishes Tita. After the wedding, Nacha is found dead, with a picture of her fiancé.
Later, Pedro and Rosaura have a son, Roberto. Rosaura is unable to nurse Roberto, so Tita brings Roberto to her breast to stop the baby from crying. Tita begins to produce breast milk and is able to nurse the baby. This draws her and Pedro closer than ever. They begin meeting secretly, snatching their few times together by sneaking around the ranch and behind the backs of Mamá Elena and Rosaura. Tita’s strong emotions become infused into her cooking, unintentionally affecting the people around her through her food. Texas, at the urging of Mamá Elena, who suspects a relationship between Tita and Pedro.
Rosaura loses her son Roberto and later becomes infertile from complications during the birth of her daughter, Esperanza. Upon learning the news of her nephew’s death, whom she cared for herself, Tita blames her mother, who responds by smacking Tita across the face with a wooden spoon. Tita, destroyed by the death of her beloved nephew and unwilling to cope with her mother’s controlling ways, secludes herself in the dovecote until the sympathetic Dr. John Brown soothes and comforts her.