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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…”

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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…

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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…”

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March 23, 2014

I’m always saying nopalitos could be the next big thing, and here I talk to someone who thinks so, too. Sam Brasch wrote the article, “A Prickly Question: Could Cactus Be the Next Kale?,” for Modern Farmer magazine. Listen in on our discussion…

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March 4, 2014

“You don’t expect a celebrity chef to invite you to her home and serve you ‘piggy cookies.’ (She did. For me!) You don’t expect a celebrity chef to have a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown (she does). In fact, just eight years ago, Pati left her full-time job as a political analyst to pursue her love of Mexican food and the culture of her home country. On her hit show, Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS, you’ll often get a mini-history lesson on a region of Mexico, or the geneses of certain ingredients. She recently wrote an article for The Washington Post about the origins of Tex-Mex food, to which my Mexican American friend from Texas proclaimed should be taught in every school in America…”

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February 18, 2014

“The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced the 2014 IACP Award Finalists, all of which are listed below…” Pati’s Mexican Table has been nominated for “Best Series”!

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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…”

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January 15, 2014

“One of the great joys of my life is writing cookbooks. Danny and I are deep in development on our next cookbook, American Classics Reinvented…We think, all day long, about the way these recipes taste to us and how we can meticulously measure and write more clearly so these recipes will taste good in your kitchens. We both hope to be doing this for decades.

Another of my great joys in life is letting you know about other great cookbooks, especially the ones written by friends. We speak this weird language — grams, headnotes, pub dates, Amazon rankings — that only other people who write cookbooks understand. But more than that, when we meet people like Dorie Greenspan or David Lebovitz or Julie Van Rosendaal, we feel like we’ve met family somehow. These are folks who love to spend most of their time in the kitchen, feeding friends or fussing over how the sauce is reducing. These are our people.

One of our favorite cookbook authors is Pati Jinich. Do you know her? Oh, you should! Pati is all life, a huge smile, an enormous heart, and one great cook. We had the chance to meet through this crazy internet cooking world a few years ago and I’ve loved following her food and cooking adventures since…”

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January 15, 2014

I really enjoyed taking part in this fascinating discussion led by guest-host Jennifer Goldbeck, from the University of Maryland, on the preserving culinary culture and the merits of the United Nations’ cultural arm UNESCO’s commitment to culinary traditions. Other guests included Frank Proschan, from UNESCO, and Matt Goulding, chief editor and publisher of Roads & Kingdoms.

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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.


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