December 21, 2021

EP. 244 — How Much History Is In A Burrito? with Pati Jinich

This week’s episode is as nourishing as they get, as chef Pati Jinich joins Jonathan to discuss cuisines along the US-Mexico border, holiday foods she associates with growing up in Mexico, and what we can learn from taking a bite out of a burrito.


Pati Jinich is a James Beard Award-winning Mexican chef who has dedicated her career to building a shared understanding between her two home countries: Mexico and the United States. Her long-running PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table has brought Mexican flavors, colors and textures into American homes and kitchens, as viewers have watched Pati thoughtfully and enthusiastically guide them through the various geographic regions of the country.


Pati is also the host of the recently released PBS Primetime special La Frontera, which highlights the unique foods and culture along the Texas-Mexico border, and has authored three cookbooks including the recently released Treasures of the Mexican Table.


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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Pati Jinich   JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Pati Jinich, where I ask her: What can food tell us about the US-Mexico border? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness, I cannot wait for our guest this week. She is major. We’re going to talk about a really major subject, which is food. Welcome to the show, without any more buildup, Pati Jinich, who is a James Beard award-winning chef who has dedicated her career to building a shared understanding between her two home countries: Mexico and the United States. And you have a new PBS special called La Frontera, in which you use food as the vehicle to explore the culture and people of the Texas-Mexico border. Her third cookbook, out now, is Treasures of the Mexican Table. Bienve

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