“For five seasons, Pati Jinich has cooked her heart out on Pati’s Mexican Table, a PBS series in which this Mexican-Jewish chef, cooking teacher, food writer and mom devotes each episode to the evolution of Mexican food and Mexico’s rich history and culture.
This month, with the release of her newest book, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens, Jinich, a former policy analyst focused on Latin American politics and history, is all about sharing her heritage — and her twists on beloved Jewish foods.
Talk to Jinich about Passover and she animatedly describes a family favorite: matzo ball soup with jalapeños. Adding a little heat to this traditional starter may give your mother-in-law a shock, but for Jinich it’s all about connecting to her Mexican and European roots: Both sets of her grandparents escaped from Europe, were turned away from the United States and ended up in Mexico, where her parents and she were born.”
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