Homemade Podcast Episode 61: Pati Jinich on Food Culture at the Mexican Border

The charming chef and PBS host gives us a glimpse into a region that's home to more cuisines than Tex-Mex.

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Pati Jinich standing outside in a garden area
Photo: Courtesy Pati Jinich

A former political analyst and James Beard Award winner, Pati Jinich has shared her heritage with millions through her cookbooks and Emmy-nominated PBS program, Pati's Mexican Table. And with contagious enthusiasm for her home country's cooking, the TV host has served as an unofficial ambassador of Mexico to an American audience.

On today's episode of Homemade, host Sabrina Medora welcomes Pati to discuss La Frontera, a new PBS docuseries that spotlights the diverse cultures and food traditions that have cropped up around the U.S. and Mexico border over the centuries. She also tells us about a few of her favorite soups, the key spices you need in your pantry to cook Mexican food, and her new cookbook, Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets.

Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets

book cover featuring Pati Jinich holding a bowl of fresh ingredients

About Pati Jinich

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Pati Jinich studied political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México before earning a master's in Latin American studies from Georgetown University. While she worked as a political analyst at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington, DC, her lifelong love for food led her to enroll at L'Academie de Cuisine in Maryland. She began hosting live cooking demonstrations for the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, which included lessons on Mexican cooking and history.

Jinich's popular PBS cooking series, Pati's Mexican Table, debuted in 2011. She has since authored three cookbooks: Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens, and Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets. A mother to three sons, Jinich lives with her husband in Maryland. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and check out her website.

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