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Timeline of Events

  • December

    Tita De la Garza is born on a tide of her own tears.

    Chapter 1
  • 15 years later

    Tita and Pedro Muzquiz fall in love but are forbidden to marry.

    Chapter 1
  • Shortly afterward

    Pedro marries Tita's sister Rosaura to remain near Tita.

    Chapter 2
  • One year later

    Tita's sister Gertrudis runs off with one of Pancho Villa's soldiers.

    Chapter 3
  • Several months later

    Tita's nephew Roberto is born. Rosaura is unable to nurse him, but Tita can.

    Chapter 4
  • Six months later

    After Elena sends Pedro and Rosaura to San Antonio, Roberto dies from malnutrition.

    Chapter 5
  • Shortly afterward

    Tita has a mental breakdown. John Brown nurses her back to health at his house.

    Chapter 6
  • Six months later

    Chencha comes with oxtail soup and news of Gertrudis. Tita speaks for the first time since arriving.

    Chapter 7
  • Three months later

    Mama Elena is paralyzed after bandits attack the ranch. Tita returns to care for her.

    Chapter 7
  • One month later

    Mama Elena dies. Tita discovers her mother once had a lover and that Gertrudis is their daughter.

    Chapter 7
  • A few days later

    Pedro and a pregnant Rosaura return home for the funeral and move back to the ranch.

    Chapter 7
  • After Elena's death

    Pedro and Rosaura's daughter Esperanza is born. John Brown asks for Tita's hand in marriage.

    Chapter 8
  • A few days later

    John temporarily leaves the ranch, and Pedro and Tita make love.

    Chapter 8
  • One month later

    Tita believes she is pregnant. Gertrudis returns just after Christmas.

    Chapter 9
  • One week later

    Tita defies the ghost of Mama Elena and claims the right to live her life. She gets her period.

    Chapter 10
  • One month later

    After Tita rejects John's marriage offer, she, Pedro, and Rosaura live together and raise Esperanza.

    Chapter 12
  • 19 years later

    Esperanza falls in love with Alex Brown. Rosaura dies from frustration and indigestion.

    Chapter 12
  • One year later

    Esperanza and Alex marry.

    Chapter 12
  • That night

    Pedro and Tita finally make love freely and pass from the earth at the height of their passion.

    Chapter 12
  • One week later

    Esperanza finds Tita's cookbook in the ashes of the ranch.

    Chapter 12

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 Chapter 1 is the January "installment" of the novel and is introduced with the recipe for Christmas rolls. The reader is... Read More
Chapter 2 The February installment begins with the ingredients for the Chabela wedding cake, which will be served at Pedro and Ros... Read More
Chapter 3 Chapter 3, March, introduces the recipe for quail in rose petal sauce, a dish enhanced when the rose petals are red. The... Read More
Chapter 4 The April installment of the book centers on turkey mole with almonds and sesame seeds, which Tita is preparing for her ... Read More
Chapter 5 The May chapter begins with a recipe for Northern-style chorizo, a dish that will make the most of the meager resources ... Read More
Chapter 6 The June chapter begins with a departure from traditional recipes. This one is for making matches. The shift occurs beca... Read More
Chapter 7 The July chapter begins with the recipe for ox-tail soup, which has wonderful restorative powers. Tita is reminded of th... Read More
Chapter 8 The August recipe is champandongo, a complicated multilayered main dish Tita is preparing for the evening John will form... Read More
Chapter 9 The September installment contains two important recipes: one for hot chocolate, and one for Three Kings' Day bread. The... Read More
Chapter 10 The October installment begins a week after the return of Gertrudis and presents the recipe for her favorite dessert: cr... Read More
Chapter 11 The November installment begins with the recipe for beans with chile, which Tita is making for John and his aunt. She ha... Read More
Chapter 12 The December installment beings with a recipe for chiles in walnut sauce, which Tita is making for a very special weddin... Read More
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