“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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“As a native Mexican, [Pati] drew upon her own food traditions and family memories, which are the focus of her terrific public television cooking show ‘Pati’s Mexican Table’ (the first two seasons currently air in repeats at 5 p.m. Wednesdays on OPB-Plus). This collection of recipes from the show emphasizes the sort of home cooking found throughout Mexico, along with plenty of historical anecdotes that illustrate how Mexican cooking has changed over the centuries. Unlike what most people think of as Mexican food, most of these dishes are nuanced and unfamiliar…”
“‘Mexican home cooking is beautiful in its simplicity, tremendously convenient, and wholesome,’ [Pati Jinich] says. Jinich accomplishes her goal and does an excellent job of inspiring home cooks to make dishes from her native country in her first cookbook. Alongside her recipes, which she says ‘have come to my table from many paths,’ she shares Mexican cook’s tricks–lessons passed down from generation to generation in her family: for example, how to control chile heat. The book is filled with bright, fresh flavors and dishes that are wonderful in their simplicity…”
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“The evening highlighted the chic nightlife food of Mexico City. Chef Jinich, a vivacious and charming culinary guide, explained how modern Mexican cuisine has evolved over time, bringing together traditional Spanish and French influences. Each dish presented showcased this fusion.”