NPR The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Family Food & Holiday Traditions
“Our Local Restaurant Worldtour continues with a look at Mexican cuisine. We learn about the exquisite alchemy of mole, find the best local restaurants (not to be confused with Sal-Mex) and taquerías, and examine the links between food and culture”
“Patricia Jinich teaches regional Mexican cooking at the Mexican Cultural Institute here. But at the Lubavitch Center recently she showed about 70 Jewish women how to cook for Passover.
She made gefilte fish in a Veracruz sauce of tomatoes, pickled peppers, olives and capers, and spoke of how her Polish grandfather loved to wrap fresh, warm tortillas around gribenes (chicken cracklings with fried onions) with a side of guacamole.
Some of the women were in long dresses, with their heads covered. Ms. Jinich, 37, had on a Mexican huipil blouse with red and green trim under her chef’s jacket.
Still, she said, ‘The Yiddische mama and the Mexican mama have lots in common.’”
“Americans have seen a lot in the last few months. Failed banks. Frozen
lending. A stock market like a weary phoenix, rising from its ashes
then plummeting again. In turbulent times like these, don’t we all need
a little comfort food?”
NPR All Things Considered: Comfort Foods For A Weary World