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Based on the best-selling novel by [[Performer~P168074~Laura Esquival~lauraesquivel]], this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale's heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family's disapproval, and he instead marries Tita's elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. This newly discovered power continues to manifest itself after the wedding, as Tita and Pedro, overcome by their denied love, embark on a secret affair. Director [[Performer~P79847~Alfonso Arau~alfonsoarau]], [[Performer~P168074~Esquival~lauraesquivel]]'s husband at the time, presents the acts of love and cooking with the same glossy, sensual sheen. Indeed, despite occasional digressions into a magical realist tone, the film often takes on the gloss of Hollywood romance. This combination of traditional melodrama and exotic fairy tale proved extremely popular with audiences, particularly in the United States, where it became one of the highest grossing foreign language films at the time. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alfonso Arau Best Foreign Language Film 1993 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Alfonso Arau Best Foreign Film 1993 Nominee


Lumi Cavazos
as Tita de la Garza
Marco Leonardi
as Pedro Muzquiz
Regina Torne
as Mama Elena
M. Martinez
as John Brown
Ada Carrasco
as Nacha
Claudette Maille
as Gertrudis
Yareli Arizmendi
as Rosaura
Pilar Aranda
as Chencha
Rodolfo Arias
as Juan Alejandrez
Regino Herrerra
as Nicolas
Arcelia Ramirez
as Great Niece--Narrator
Margarita Isabel
as Paquita Lobo
Farnesio DeBernal
as Cura
Brigida Alexander
as Aunt Mary
Joaquin Garrido
as Sergeant Trevino


Alfonso Arau
Alfonso Arau
Laura Esquivel
Book Author
Laura Esquivel
Steven Bernstein
Emmanuel Lubezki
Leo Brouwer
Composer (Music Score)
Carlos Bolado
Denise Pizzini
Production Designer
Carlos Brown
Costume Designer
Farnesio DeBernal