Like Water for Chocolate is a 1992 film in the style of magical realism based on the popular novel, published in 1989 by first-time Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel. It earned all 11 Ariel awards of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures, including the Ariel Award for Best Picture, and became the highest grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the United States at the time. The film was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Tita, as per the De La Garza family tradition, is forbidden to marry. Her duty is to care for her mother until the day her mother dies. Therefore, when Pedro, the boy from a neighboring ranch that Tita has fallen in love with, comes to ask for her hand in marriage, Tita's mother Mama Elena, refuses; she instead offers her other daughter Rosaura to Pedro as his wife. Pedro accepts as the only way for him to be close to the woman he loves is to marry her sister. Tita, with the help of the old "Indian" (Native Mexican) ranch cook Nacha, bakes the wedding cake while weeping her sorrow and shedding her tears into the cake batter. The resulting cake causes a severe, crushing longing for their one true love in all those who eat it, causing vomiting, crying, and sorrow in not only the wedding guests but also in Nacha, who dies from the heartache of missing her one true love; Tita become the head ranch cook afterwards.