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What is cooking In the literal sense cooking is the preparation of food for eating by subjecting heat as by boiling baking frying etc However through reading Like Water for Chocolates by Laura Esquivel and the poem Whats That Smell in the Kitchen by Marge Percy cooking is not merely the act of preparing food by applying heat No cooking through their eyes is an art expressed through feelings and emotions What results then becomes the dish itself In Like Water for Chocolates Tita is described as a culinary master Through her thoughts and emotions she is able to create food expressed as a form of art Cooking in her sense is not merely a task but also a way of displaying her inner self The novel shows distinctive results of her works as regarding to emotions When she creates the Chabela Wedding Cake we are shown a work of culinary art represented through sorrow and grief Thus the results become a depiction of her melancholy self bringing forth sorrow and sickness to others Yet when she creates the Champandongo or the illustrious Chilies in Walnut Sauce we are shown a different type of exposition Her work is then a result of love and passion bringing forth joy and affection to those who partake of the meal In the novel we are shown food presented in different aspects of sensations each bringing forth her true personalities In Whats That Smell in the Kitchen the act of preparing food is also expressed through feelings and emotions However in this poem we can only see one specific emotion created Such is the feeling of anger Throughout the poem cooking can only be seen as a task Thus with such a realization women display the expression of anger through their cooking Now instead of creating food as something sensible or desirable we can only see food as sickening to the eye and unpleasing to the palette
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