Passion in the kitchen.
Chef and television host Pati Jinich, who was raised in a Mexican-Jewish family in Mexico City, brings her culture and passion into the kitchen. Her Mexican cuisine reveals the unexpected character of Mexican food, while presenting a practical approach to everyday cooking for your own kitchen. With recipes that fit the busy routines of American households, her recipes are far beyond the traditional tacos, enchiladas and other familiar Mexican food.
Pati has been called a breath of fresh air in the food world. Her cooking challenges the stereotypes about Mexican food, people and culture. She shares authentic recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, and puts her own modern flare on them. Many dishes are informed by new flavors and traditions brought from other parts of the world. These equally authentic recipes are the product of fusion, which is nothing new in Mexican cuisine.
Pati is not only passionate about her cooking but also focused on promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Pati has participated in US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s, Let’s Read Let’s Move, and an initiative to encourage kids to stay active and healthy. In addition, she has written two cookbooks and her most recent being released this month, Mexican Today includes new and rediscovered recipes. Pati’s book Mexican Table explores the way that Mexican foods have merged and changed both north and south of the border.
Pati also shares the stories of the food, people, and places behind the recipes on her national television series, Pati’s Mexican Table that airs on PBS, is about to enter in its fifth season, and has just been nominated for two 2016 James Beard Awards. You can also find Pati as a regular guest on NBC’s Today; ABC’s The Chew, CBS’s The Talk and NPR’s The Splendid Table.
Pati’s Mexican-Jewish roots and values are a part of why she is coming to San Diego. In addition to being on a national tour for her new cookbook, Pati is visiting her cousin Laura Vainer, an active leader for Jewish Federation of San Diego County and member of its Women’s Philanthropy Board. Federation is excited to have Pati as a presenter this month for an exclusive Women’s Philanthropy Pomegranate Society Event and for the opportunity to hear her personal stories of growing up in Mexico, how her love of food grew in part from her grandparents, all of whom immigrated to Mexico from different parts of Europe and Eastern Europe. Their heritage was celebrated and well reflected at their holiday meals, when they ate many traditional Jewish foods.