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June 19, 2014

“The Imagen Foundation has announced the nominees for the 29th Annual Imagen (Spanish for ‘image’) Awards, honoring portrayals of Latinos and Latino cultures in television and film.” The third season of Pati’s Mexican Table has been nominated in the Best National Informational Program category along with Oprah’s Next Chapter, LatiNation, Latino Americans, and mun2 News Special.

To see the full list of nominees, click here.


June 3, 2014

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announces the formation of the Kitchen Cabinet, an advisory board made up of leaders in food scholarship, culinary history and food-related businesses in America to help the museum shape and expand its research, collections, programs and exhibitions related to food and beverage history. The inaugural meeting of the Kitchen Cabinet took place on April 30.

The museum, as part of its American Food History Project, has formed the Kitchen Cabinet to assist staff to expand its thinking, grow its audiences and take a new approach to telling the story of American history through food…”

To read the entire article, click here.


May 5, 2014

I’m beyond honored and delighted to have been able to cook for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House with Chef José Andrés and his incredible team from Oyamel. I had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama, take an official photo, and chat with him. I was almost speechless! (You know that’s very uncommon for me.)

Watch the President’s remarks right here…

You may also see it on the White House Blog, click here.
To read the President’s full remarks, click here.


May 5, 2014

I was excited to visit CNN Español on Cinco de Mayo. I spoke to Juan Carlos López about the significance of the holiday on both sides of the border, and how it is celebrated in Mexico versus the U.S., on Directo USA. Watch the clip here…

You may also view it on the CNN website, click here.



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…

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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…”

To read the entire article, click here.


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…”

To read the entire article, click here.


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