Like Water for Chocolate is the story of Tita, a young woman forced by family tradition to care for her demanding and controlling mother. Tita longs to marry Pedro, but she is constrained by her family and can only express her feelings through baking. Even after her mother's death she is left emotionally stunted. Eventually she weds Pedro as an old woman and the two die together, Pedro when he expires during lovemaking and Tita in a blaze shortly thereafter. The story ruminates on food, magical realism, family, and love.