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August 2019 COTM: Pati's Mexican Table

ad7yn | Aug 2, 201904:16 PM     3

Welcome to the August 2019 Cookbook of the Month! We will be cooking from Pati's Mexican Table by Pati Jinich. A self-described "overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a powerful blender," Pati Jinich is on a mission to show the world that true home Mexican cooking isn't what they've come to expect. Pati was born and raised in Mexico City and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She has resided in the Washington, DC, area for the past 16 years, where she and her husband are raising their three boys.

Pati didn't set out to be a chef. As a child, Pati could be found reading and dreaming of becoming a writer. She was professionally trained as a policy analyst with a graduate degree from ITAM in Mexico City and later on at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. It was out of nostalgia for the foods she grew up eating in Mexico, and a few nudges from her husband, that she left her career as a policy analyst to pursue her passion for food.

In 2007, she launched an ongoing series of culinary programs comprised of informative talks, cooking demonstrations, and tasting dinners at the Mexican Cultural Institute, where she is the resident chef. Pati's success and popularity, both with event attendees and the media, transferred into a nationally aired Public Television series, called "Pati's Mexican Table," that is currently going on its seventh season. Through the show, she is able to familiarize a far broader audience with not only Mexican ingredients and cooking, but also with the many regional cultures, traditions and histories that, together, form Mexico's diverse and evolving cuisine both inside and outside of Mexico.

This is our master thread for the books. Please use it to share thoughts and inspiration, ask questions, chat about ingredients, consider our favorites from the books, and form conclusions as we wrap up the month.

Please use the threads below to report on recipes:

SALSAS, PICKLES, GUACAMOLE, SALADS, SOUPS: https://www.chowhound.com/post/august...

ANYTIME VEGETARIAN, SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT: https://www.chowhound.com/post/august...

SIDES, DESSERT, DRINKS: https://www.chowhound.com/post/august...

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