“You know how some people just light up a room? In Patricia Jinich’s case it’s more than just a smile, although hers is spectacular. Its her unique combination of grace, modesty, passion and energy that does it. She also happens to have quickly become one of my favorite cooking teachers in the city. When I finally made it to one of her classes…”
To say that Patricia Jinich comes from a family passionate about food may be an understatement…
“In my family, cooking is the main thing that everybody talks about,” the Bethesda resident says. As she was growing up, she recalls, “cooking was a big, exciting production — always…Food was the main, happy topic”
Rolled, sauced and oozing with melted cheese, enchiladas could be called the Mexican equivalent of an American burger or an Italian lasagna: a familiar dish that nearly everyone likes to eat.
“En la reunión de redacción previa a la edición del Cinco de Mayo surgió la idea de reunir a un grupo de mexicanos que vivieran en el área y que representaran acción pura, que destacaran en sus trabajos, que reflejaran los valores, las ganas, la rebeldía y la fuerza del inmigrante que se abre camino y alcanza una meta. Surgieron nombres a borbotones. La lista final se consolidó en seis: Ricardo Juarez, activista; Patricia Jinich, chef; Gustavo Velasquez, director de la Oficina de Derechos Humanos en DC…”
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“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.’”
“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.”
“Patricia Jinich, an expert on the regional cuisines of Mexico who teaches cooking classes at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, explains the differences between the American tortilla (predominantly flour) and the Mexican tortilla (primarily corn, except in the north): “The burrita or the burra [Spanish for female donkey] has one ingredient inside. It will either have chilorio or machaca. One uses dry meat, the machaca, and the other one uses fresh meat, and it’s a stew. You cook the meat until it is very tender and it’s finished off in an ancho chili sauce. It’s an exquisite ingredient in one freshly made tortilla. That’s it.”