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I finally saw Like Water for Chocolate the other day. Yes, Simply Irresistible is an imitation of it. But you know what? I think Simply is the better movie. Like Water is strange, strange, strange. It was like a Greek tragedy -- Elena's bad decision about Tita's lovelife destroyed almost everyone in the end. And don't give me the romantic bull about how Tita and Pedro are together in death. It didn't convince me at the end of Romeo and Juliet and it doesn't convince me now.

Maybe the book's better. And will someone please explain the title? I can only assume it means substituting water for chocolate, which has to be the world's worst culinary substitute.

BTW, Happy New Year, everybody.