Pati Jinich is a treasure, as is her new cookbook Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets. In it she shares over 150 iconic dishes that define her native country’s cuisine.
Over the last decade, Pati sought out the culinary history of Mexico which stretches back thousands of years. From Birria to Salsa Macha to Coyotas to Carne Asada, many of these dishes are local specialties. They have been passed down through generations and are otherwise unknown outside of their original regions.
Each recipe paints a vivid picture of the richness of her culture. Along with charming directions, the book consolidated anecdotes and information so readers can contextualize the dishes beyond their kitchens.
Pati cooks inclusively, with recipes rooted in Mexico but influenced by the United States. There are lots of folks out there spreading the gospel of Mexican food, but none with the charm, warmth and perspective of Pati.
The buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority is this month’s CrateChef featured chef. She has graciously included a signed copy of her latest cookbook in her curated box.