Into the Beautiful North


Luis Alberto Urrea

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The Cook Character Analysis

The cook and the cook’s wife are a Mexican couple who run a Mexican restaurant in the Rocky Mountains. The cook kicks Nayeli and Tacho out when they admit they illegally crossed the border. The cook feels as though people like Nayeli and Tacho delegitimize legal immigrants such as himself.

The Cook Quotes in Into the Beautiful North

The Into the Beautiful North quotes below are all either spoken by The Cook or refer to The Cook . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Chapter 28 Quotes

"Where are you from, por favor?" Nayeli asked.

"Colorado," she replied.

"But...qué es la palabra...original?"


Related Characters: Nayeli (speaker), The Cook’s Wife (speaker), Tacho, The Cook
Page Number: 279
Explanation and Analysis:

"You get out of here. Illegals. What about the rest of us? What about us, cabrones? I came here LEGALLY! You hear that, LEGAL. You criminals come in here, make me look bad? I'm sorry, but you have to leave. Get out!"

Related Characters: The Cook (speaker), Nayeli, Tacho, The Cook’s Wife
Page Number: 281
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Cook Character Timeline in Into the Beautiful North

The timeline below shows where the character The Cook appears in Into the Beautiful North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 28
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
...and Tacho find a Mexican restaurant and are thrilled to smell familiar foods. The Mexican cook welcomes them, and Tacho greets him in Spanish. Nayeli thanks their waitress (the cook’s wife)... (full context)
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
When the cook’s wife returns to deliver a Coke for Tacho, Nayeli asks her where she's from. The... (full context)