Friday, April 15, 2016

The Wytch Files - Ep.07: Like Water For Chocolate (1992)

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Hello, in today’s episode we review the 1992 film “Like Water For Chocolate” directed by Alfonso Arau and starring Marco Leonardi, Lumi Cavazos, and Regina Torne. The film is set in 1910 Mexico at the start of the Mexican Revolution. 

We discuss the wonderful food magic and kitchen witchery depicted in the film. The film features exquisite traditional Mexican recipes: Chocolate Mole, Quail in Rose Petal Sauce. Roasted Poblanos with Walnuts Sauce & Pomegranate Sauce, and the divinatory King Cake.

Need Something more basic? Try some rich Hot Chocolate. It's like a mug full of love! For some more delectable kitchen witchery and recipes, check out Cucina Aurora. "But what if I can't even boil water?" you ask. Don't worry - there's help!

We discuss the magical uses of some of the herbs used in the film’s recipes and the emotional intent that drives the food magic.  We also very briefly discuss indigenous Mexican curanderismo. Curious Curandera provides information in their library (some of it free) on healing via curanderismo, so check out their website.

The website Gather provides information on gathering wild foods and magical cookery. If you’d like to take an online course on herbalism, Learning Herbs offers courses. Carolina Gonzalez, a Curandera from Tenerife, Canary Islands, has a wonderful blog Connected With Life and a website Bruja Carolina with good information on herbs, healing and magic.  She also offers tarot and spiritual services, so check out her sites.

If you’d like to learn about Mexican brujeria (witchcraft), Brujo Negro provides some information for your reading pleasure.

Thanks for listening!

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  1. Thank you so much for the mention, and for your kind words! I read Como Agua Para Chocolate twenty years ago, and it's still one of my favourite books (and movies). Like Tita, I also do a lot of magic with my cooking :).
    Carolina Gonzalez

  2. You're very welcome, Carolina! The praise is well-deserved. We love your blog ;)