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April 11, 2014

“A few months ago, I was channel surfing on TV, and landed on an intriguing show on PBS called Pati’s Mexican Table. Not a lover of food shows by any stretch of the imagination, I found myself somehow riveted to the screen. Pati Jinich was the chef, preparing in an effortless and jubilant way what looked to be a sumptuous authentic Mexican dish for her young son. I remember there were prawns in the dish, and the food looked so inviting. Her small boy was enraptured, gobbling it down for dinner. While I certainly know TV is not real life, I was struck by Pati – by the sheer joy and love she shared about Mexican food, culture and tradition. It was palpable and jumped off the screen, and made me want to record every show, to learn how to cook authentic Mexican dishes and adore the process, just as she did.

To my surprise, shortly after, I was able to connect with Pati about her new book by the same title, Pati’s Mexican Table, and I had the opportunity to speak at length with her about her fascinating journey from Mexico, to Washington as a political analyst, to serving as a top Mexican chef with her own popular PBS show focused on Mexican food and heritage…”

To read the entire article, click here.


April 7, 2014

It was a lot of fun talking to Gustavo Arellano, who writes the syndicated column “¡Ask a Mexican!” and author of Taco USA, about foods that have been shared across the U.S.-Mexico border. If you missed us on the radio, listen here…


March 24, 2014

“Mexican food has suffered an image problem. When people say they want Mexican food they think fajitas, or hard shell tacos, or chile con queso. These ‘Tex Mex’ fast food interpretations discredit a cuisine that has arose from ancient civilizations that pre-date the arrival of the Spaniards.

And that is precisely why we need someone like Pati Jinich, the Latin American policy-researcher-turned-chef who is transforming our view of Mexican cuisine.

Her exploration of her own culinary heritage in Mexico is part of a growing field of public diplomacy – gastrodiplomacy…”

To read the entire article, click here.


January 28, 2014

“It was 1997, and I was excited. A year after moving to Dallas from Mexico City, where I was born and raised, I would finally have the chance to get what Tex-Mex cooking was all about. I was visiting San Antonio, the capital of Tex-Mex, at one of its most famous Tex-Mex restaurants. And then the food came.

The large, oval combo platter in front of me was supposed to be cheese enchiladas with red rice and refried beans, but all I could see was a thick blanket of cream-colored sauce with melted, yellow processed cheese on top, threatening to spill over the plate and possibly even out of the restaurant. I couldn’t tell whether the tortillas were corn or flour, and they were barely filled; the mealy red rice had a watered-down tomato taste and an overdose of cumin; the refried beans were runny and — oh, heresy! — there weren’t enough of them to eat along with each bite. I was hungry, and curious, so I ate it all. In a strange way, it was comforting, but I was perplexed. After I finished, I told the Mexican waiter: No entiendo lo que me acabo de comer. I don’t get what I just ate.

I still think about that meal because it is emblematic of the problems people have with Tex-Mex. Mexican food purists take swipes at it, claiming it is simply bad Americanized Mexican food, while Texans rush to defend it as its own breed…”

To read the entire article, click here.


January 10, 2014

You know how much I love being a guest on ABC’s The Chew, and this time they invited me to stay for the whole show as a guest host! In case you missed it, here are the segments…

Of course, I made something, too! Here I make one of my favorite healthy dishes, a Mexican inspired Frittata, with help from Daphne Oz and Carla Hall.

And then we finish up the Frittata and serve it with a crunchy Radish and Arugula Salad.

Mario Batali and Clinton Kelly shared some healthy recipes; watch them make their low-cal party appetizers in the next two clips…

And we get to try their appetizers…

Michael Symon shows us how to have a winter garden inside…

Finally, on The Chew’s online “Last Bites” segment, we talk about the Chew Crew’s hosts favorite destinations in Mexico…

For the Mexican Frittata recipe, click here.
For the Arugula Salad recipe, click here.


November 23, 2013

Listen in as I talk with Lynne Rossetto Kasper about my Mexican Thanksgiving turkey, as part of The Splendid Table‘s special “Swanksgiving” episode…

For the recipe, click here.


October 25, 2013

All Things Considered host Melissa Block visited me to make pan de muerto and pumpkin mole for Day of the Dead.

Listen in and get the recipes, click here.


October 4, 2013

I made Tortilla Soup on The Chew with Michael Symon and Daphne Oz. Missed it? Watch right here…

And we finish with the traditional toppings. Watch…

Want to make some, too? Get the recipe here.


September 20, 2013

I visited the ladies at The Talk to share an Emmy Awards party menu (or any party menu). It’s full of fun, tasty and colorful finger foods! Watch as Sheryl Underwood takes a bite out of a habanero chile…I was in total disbelief!

For the recipes, click here.


September 13, 2013

I had a lovely morning at the Mexican Cultural Institute with Rebecca Sheir, from WAMU, and Missy Frederick, from Eater DC, talking about traditional Mexican breakfast. And then eating!

To listen, read the story, and see photos, click here.


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