“In the Mexico City of their youth, Pati Jinich and her three sisters were practically the only Jewish students in their private school classes—and probably the only one whose grandmother prepared guacamole with Jewish flair.
‘We always knew we were Jewish but we weren’t front and center about it,’ Jinich (pronounced yee-nitch) said of her Judaism as we snacked on a selection of ceviche and other small plates at Caracol, a trendy Mexican restaurant in Houston. Jinich, 44, a petite, sharply dressed and highly energetic sparkplug, was in town for a cooking demonstration and book signing for Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens, her second cookbook. We talked about her upbringing, filming the fifth season of her Emmy-nominated public television show, Pati’s Mexican Table, and what it’s like to be a Yiddishe mama Mexicana…”
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