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March 20, 2013

“Passover celebrates the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt to freedom more than 3,000 years ago. Jews around the world will remember that exodus at sundown March 25 with a ritual dinner, or Seder. And what’s on the table will tell a story of its own, one based on faith, tradition and family.

Pati Jinich will gather her husband and three sons at their home in Drummond, Md., for a meal that reflects their story as Mexican Jews, a tiny religious minority, an estimated 40,000 people, in a country that is overwhelmingly Christian.

‘I was one of three Jews in a class of 120 kids,’ Jinich recalls in an email. But since her family was not very involved in Mexico City’s Jewish community, she felt ‘sort of not from here and not from there’…”

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March 19, 2013

I love doing stuff in Spanish! I had a lively conversation about Mexican cooking and writing a cookbook with Gabriela Zabalúa-Goddard and José López Zamorano, the fabulous hosts of AARP‘s “Viva su Segunda Juventud” show on SiriusXM’s ¡Inspí­rate! channel 145.

To listen to me talk with them, click here. (Scroll down to the episode titled “Los secretos de la chef Pati Jinich” in the audio player.)


March 15, 2013

“‘I jump not only into recipes, but also into the culture and history,’ Jinich says. This means sessions devoted to particular regions (the fish-centric Yucatan peninsula) or types of food (dishes prepared in convents). Backdropped by the institute’s blue-and-white tile room, Jinich whips up salsa, soups and more on portable burners, reeling off anecdotes as she chars peppers or blends sauces.

Jinich’s easygoing patter and doable recipes helped her land ‘Pati’s Mexican Table’ on PBS in 2011. It starts filming a third season soon, featuring similar how-to’s in Jinich’s sunny, Mexican-pottery filled kitchen.

‘I just think Mexican food fits the American lifestyle,’ says Jinich, laughing. ‘It’s accommodating, generous and not fussy.’ Kind of like Jinich herself…”

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March 13, 2013

“After a career as a political analyst, Pati Jinich launched Mexican Table, an ongoing series of culinary programs about Mexican food, and most recently the cookbook Pati’s Mexican Table. Today, we turn the tables and grill the chef.

What’s in your fridge or freezer that would surprise people?
A pack of frozen banana leaves and homemade tamales. Always.

Last meal you cooked for yourself?
Mexican style eggs (huevos a la Mexicana) and beans from the pot with crumbled queso fresco on top.

Last meal on earth?
Crispy chicken Milanesa, chipotle mashed potatoes and an etra bowl with more chipotles in adobo sauce, pickled chayote salad, garabato cookies and café con leche. Then, more garabato cookies until there were no more, alternating with sips of cold whole milk…”

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March 7, 2013

“On her popular public television series, Pati Jinich inspires viewers with her love for Mexican home cooking. This month, she releases her first cookbook, also named Pati’s Mexican Table which we reviewed earlier this week. As a time out from her busy schedule, Pati took a few moments to speak to The Latin Kitchen about what first drew her to kitchen and the basics every cook needs to know. Here’s a peek into Pati’s love of Mexican food…”

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March 5, 2013

“In Pati’s Mexican Table, the first cookbook from Pati Jinich, Jinich is not looking for culinary tourists but converts. Host of the public television series of the same name and official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute based in Washington, DC, Jinich shares her passion for the Mexican home-style cooking she grew up with in Mexico City…”

To read the entire review, click here.


March 5, 2013

“Growing up in Mexico City, Pati Jinich wanted to be a lot of things: a writer, a philosopher, an academic. ‘In my family, I was the youngest. I was labeled the academic,’ said the woman who did indeed grow up to write, philosophize and intently study various issues in a career as a Latin American public policy analyst.

The one thing Jinich hadn’t banked on was a career in food. But that’s what happened when her life shifted gears from think-tank wonk to Mexican food ambassador as host of the popular public television cooking show ‘Pati’s Mexican Table.’ Chef, cooking teacher, food writer (and mother of three), Jinich has emerged as one of the most passionate and articulate proponents of the simple joys of Mexican home cooking…”

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March 5, 2013

“Pati Jinich didn’t grow up to be a chef, although she comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She dedicated her life to politics until seven years ago when she decided she would celebrate and demystify Mexican recipes ‘without compromising their soul’…”

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March 4, 2013

Listen in on my interview with the sassy Nicole Taylor for her very cool radio show “Hot Grease” on the Brooklyn-based Heritage Radio Network! We had a great conversation about misconceptions of Mexican food in America and essential Mexican ingredients…and some other things: listen on!

To listen to my segments, click here.
To listen to the entire episode, click here.


March 4, 2013

“Pati Jinich, a chef on the ‘Mexican Table’ TV show on the PBS channel, has a very different idea of Mexican food than most people are used to.

‘Everyone knows tacos and burritos but not everyone knows the wholesome, fresh home-style cooking I grew up eating,’ Jinich said. ‘This isn’t greasy or labor-intensive; it’s the traditional cooking I knew’…”

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