Tita is the youngest of three daughters in a Mexican family at the turn of the century.
An unbroken family tradition dictates that the youngest daughter is forbidden from marrying and must instead spend her life looking after her mother until death. Tita meets Pedro and falls in love, and he in turn asks for her hand in marriage.
However, Tita's mother refuses, and instead offers him Rosaura, Tita's elder sister. Pedro accepts Rosaura just to be close to Tita.
Tita finds this too much to bear and channels her passion for Pedro into her cooking, which leads to mystical and magical consequences.
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