About Pati Jinich
I was born and raised in Mexico.
That is the first thing I say when people ask where my love for food comes from. Although I think that should explain most of it, it usually doesn’t.
I come from a family of accomplished cooks and food maniacs. Absolute maniacs. Most of what I read, think, research, test and teach (including to my three boys, much to the dismay of my mother in law) is about food. I guess that doesn’t explain most of it either…
In hindsight, I think my interest in food built up as I tried to deny it. As a political analyst, I left things related to food for my spare time. As my husband and I started to grow a family, I began to think he was a macho man in disguise, who wanted a wife in the kitchen, since he insisted time and again I quit my academic path to jump into cooking. Things I was truly passionate about, he would say, haven’t you noticed?
I did have wonderful incursions into the culinary field in the past. Right after we got married and moved to Texas, I taught Mexican cooking to friends and neighbors. Then, I became a production assistant for the PBS food series New Tastes from Texas hosted by Chef Stephan Pyles, along with Diana Kennedy and Patricia Quintana, pioneers who helped introduce Mexican ingredients into American cooking.
Once we moved to DC, I retook my formal path as a political analyst and received a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown. Soon after, I worked at the Inter American Dialogue, a policy research center, which I had considered my dream job.
Yet, obsessively thinking about food rather than politics, I left my job to give food a real try. In 2007, prompted by the Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute I launched Mexican Table.
Mexican Table is a culinary program which consists of a series of cooking demonstrations, tasting dinners and workshops. Through this program I try to swing a window wide open into the fascinating world of Mexican cuisine. I help familiarize people with its ingredients and cooking techniques, with a sprinkling of culture, history and traditions.
About Pati’s Mexican Table
As friends and students of my program know, there is never enough time for me to say all I want to convey. In my continuous amazement of what I have yet to learn and taste, I am humbled and fascinated by each finding, whether traveling through Mexico or cooking at the Institute, in my kitchen or other kitchens with other cooks. I love to share this information.
This food blog is an attempt to do so.
Each recipe included is here because I love it. I test it until it becomes a magical potion, for my classes or family meals. Having lived here for more than a dozen years, I understand some of the challenges of raising a family in the US and putting a meal on the table for picky eaters. I also try my best to make each class as meaningful as I can for those who take the time to come to my classes and events. I am deeply thankful for their participation. Thank you! I started this blog because and for you.
As one of my goals is to make cooking simple and accessible, all the ingredients used are easy to find. I also try to figure out the easiest route to get to the yummiest version of a dish and give detailed instructions as to the progression of a dish by the smells, sights, sounds, textures and tastes you are looking for. This is so you can develop your own instincts and feel empowered in your own kitchen.
In sum, in my blog, I will tell you what happens before and after a scrumptious dish shows up at my table: the research, trips, stories, testing, cooking, eating and sharing. I hope it is a worthwhile effort, and you get as much pleasure reading it as I do writing it!
TIP: I update the content continuously and more than once a week. However, some times it is as a post and sometimes it is in the ingredients or basics section. Do check them all out!
Note: Photos on headers come from Cade Martin, Monika Pamp, Darren Higgins and my husband Daniel Jinich. I take the rest of the photos. Please bear with me, I am learning as I go… (they will get better, promise!)
ps… if you like what you read and see here, I am delighted!! But if you want to use and publish any of the content or photos, please ask beforehand and link to this blog. Many thanks.