The host of a highly popular PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table,
and a self-described “overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a
powerful blender,” Pati Jinich has a mission. She’s out to prove that
Mexican home cooking is quicker and far easier than most Americans
Her dishes are not blanketed with cheese, or heavy and
fried, or based on complex sauces. Nor are they necessarily highly
spicy. Surprising in their simplicity and freshness, they incorporate
produce and grains. Most important, they fit perfectly into an everyday
family cooking schedule and use just a handful of ingredients, most of
which are already in your pantry. Many are homey specialties that Pati
learned from her mother and grandmother, some are creative spins on
classics, while others are not well known outside of Mexico.
like Chicken à la Trash (it’s delicious!), a one-pot meal that Pati
gleaned from a Mexican restaurant cook; Mexican Meatballs with Mint and
Chipotle; Sweet and Salty Salmon; and Mexican-Style Pasta can revitalize
your daily repertoire. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian fare, from
Classic Avocado Soup, to Divorced Eggs (with red and green salsa), to
Oaxaca-Style Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas.
Your friends and
family will enjoy Tomato and Mozzarella Salad with Pickled Ancho Chile
Vinaigrette; Crab Cakes with Jalapeño Aioli; and Chicken Tinga — (you
can use rotisserie chicken), which makes a tasty filling for tortas and
tostadas. Pati also shares exciting dishes for the holidays and other
special occasions, including Mexican Thanksgiving Turkey with Chorizo,
Pecan, Apple, and Corn Bread Stuffing; Spiral-Cut Beef Tenderloin; and
Red Pozole (“a Mexican party in a bowl”), which she served on her
wedding day.Desserts like Triple Orange Mexican Wedding Cookies,
Scribble Cookies (sandwich cookies filled with chocolate), and little Apricot-Lime Glazed Mini Pound Cakes are sophisticated yet simple to make.
About the Author
Pati Jinich is the host of the popular PBS show Pati's Mexican Table and the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute. She has appeared on the Food Network, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The Chew, CBS, Fox News, NPR, and The Splendid Table. She
hosts live programs for the Smithsonian Institute and has cooked at the
Blair House, the official guest house of the vice-president.