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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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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 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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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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