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In this food-focused series, chef Pati Jinich explores the cuisine of Mexico, setting her sights on a different food for each episode. She covers both traditional Mexican dishes and ingredients, as well as the foods that grew out of the intersection of Mexico and the United States.

PBS
7 Seasons, 91 Episodes
April 2, 2011
Reality
7.9/10
Cast: Pati Jinich
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Pati's Mexican Table Full Episode Guide

  • Pati's passion for travel doesn't stop in Mexico, she also has a soft spot for her American travels. Plus, Pati is always feeding her three growing Mexican-American boys. In addition to adoring their mom's Mexican dishes, her sons love some American classics. So, Pati will put her Mexican spin on a few regional American dishes to surprise her boys.

  • Friends and family always tell Pati she has an extraordinary photographic food memory. She can recall a bite of a memorable dish from decades ago as if it were just yesterday. So, Pati decides to recreate some of her most favorite food memories in her own kitchen and give the stories behind the dishes.

  • Pati is invited to cook a Cinco de Mayo dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. While in New York, she visits three Mexican-American culinary establishments around the city to hear the chefs' stories of using food as a way of pursuing their dreams in America, creating their own successful businesses, and honoring traditional Mexican recipes and ingredients.

  • Pati sets out on the Sea of Cortez in search of the freshest, tastiest seafood Los Cabos has to offer. Along with Chef Guillermo Gomez of Cabo's luxurious Esperanza hotel, Pati reels in a fresh catch and heads back to the shore. Pati grills up her catch-of-the-day beachside with Chef Guillermo, as they discuss the evolution of Cabo San Lucas from small fishing village to vacation destination.

  • Pati visits the small town of Miraflores with Edith Jimenez, a culinary icon in Los Cabos. At age 15, starting out as a waitress, Edith decided she would one day own the restaurant where she worked and is now living her dream. Owner of both Edith's Restaurant and The Office, she ensures the preservation of history and culture by consistently using recipes from locals in the area.

  • Pati spends a day with Javier Plascencia, one of Baja's most celebrated chefs. He gives her a tour of the Baja he knows and loves, exploring the areas of Todos Santos and Pescadero. They make a pit stop at his favorite roadside carnitas stand, tour a local organic farm, and head to the beach for fresh-off-the-boat fish. Finally, they make their way to Javier's newest restaurant, Jazamango.

  • Pati explores La Paz, the capital of Baja Sur. She swims with whale sharks in the crystal clear waters of the Sea of Cortez, then satiates the appetite she worked up at El Bismarkcito, a seafood institution on La Paz's waterfront. She also stops to meet with Chef Carlos Valdez of Tatanka, a vivacious local chef with a sense of humor and some must-eat food.

  • One of Baja's most well-kept secrets has Pati on a mission to explore bite-by-bite. Loreto is a small town on the Gulf of California that almost feels like a step back in time. Pati visits the oldest mision in Baja California to learn about the town's history. She can't leave without trying a dish you can only get fresh in Baja - the indigenous almejas chocolatas or chocolate clams.

  • In Valle De Guadalupe, Pati visits one of the most legendary cooks in the area, Do

  • The port town of Ensenada is a seafood mecca. Fresh fish is everywhere you look, and this hub for seafood exportation is also the gateway to Mexican wine country. Pati eats her way through this coastal gem from their famous fish tacos to La Guerrenese, considered the best street food on the planet, to the oldest bar in Baja and originator of the margarita, Hussongs.

  • Life on the border is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines that creates a unique culinary scene. As a Mexican immigrant in America, Pati spent her life combining cuisines. Influences from San Diego, southern Mexico, and all over the world come together as Pati dives deep to get the real story of what life and food are like on the border.

  • One of the most up and coming food destinations in all of Mexico, Tijuana is full of young, fresh talent across the culinary scene. Some of the best chefs in the world are coming from all over and setting up shop to take part in Baja's most exciting culinary movement. Pati spends the day meeting up with the hottest new chefs in town.

  • In this episode, Pati makes a few family staples with recipes that have many different uses. Perfect for busy families on the go, these recipes can be set aside or kept in the fridge to use later in a variety of delicious meals. They're more than just a meal, they'll keep your family satisfied all week.

  • An episode dedicated to one of the Jinich's favorite ingredients: cheese. In her kitchen, Pati cooks three mouthwatering cheesy recipes - one for each of her boys. In Oaxaca, Pati and her three sons visit a cheese producer to see how the famous Oaxacan cheese is made.

  • Pati spends the day with her youngest son, Juju. Juju is known for his obsession with chocolate. In this episode, they spend the day in the kitchen coming up with three delicious chocolate-loaded recipes.

  • People are always asking Pati how she turned a passion for food into a career. Over the years, she's told the story in bits and pieces but she's never told the full story. Throughout this episode, she'll explain where her passion for food started, what decisions led her to where she is today, and some of the twists and turns she took to get here.

  • Pati visits the town of San Martin Tilcajete to meet Maria and Jacobo at their famous art school. There, she learns the ins and outs of their delicate alebrije making process and tastes an outrageously delicious liver and eggs meal prepared for the artists. In her kitchen, those eggs are an inspiration for a Oaxacan-themed breakfast.

  • Pati travels to a region in Oaxaca known as La Mixteca and learns what makes the food and culture so unique. She meets up with Ixchel Ornellas, a chef, restaurant owner, and one of Mixteca's best cooks, who invites her on a personal tour of her city. Then, back in her kitchen, Pati creates new recipes based on that experience: corn soup with queso and pescado agridulce.

  • Pati takes us on an in-depth exploration of all things mole. Oaxaca is known as the land of moles, and there are too many varieties to name. Through instruction in her kitchen and exploration while in Oaxaca, she's going to give us the basics of mole, some of its history and importance, and a few of her personal favorite recipes.

  • Pati meets with women chefs, business owners and leaders of society, exploring the role of women in Oaxaca and their influence on the customs and cuisine. In her kitchen, she cooks recipes that she learned from Oaxacan women including coloradito chicken and a mashed potato cazuela. Then, she ends with a favorite of the women in her family, a milky and luscious chocolatey dessert.

  • Pati spends a day with one of Oaxaca's best-known chefs and owner of Casa Oaxaca, Alex Ruiz. Alex takes Pati on a personal journey through his favorite market and family farm, showing her the Oaxaca that he knows and loves. In her kitchen, Pati creates some family friendly recipes inspired by her day with Alex and serves them to her son Juju.

  • Pati takes a drive to a region in Oaxaca known for producing some of the best mezcal in all of Mexico. She meets the producer of a small family-run operation and learns how mezcal is made, from field to bottle. Back home, she has a mezcal-inspired get together with a few close friends and serves a bountiful Mexican steak salad and Oaxacan sours made with mezcal.

  • Pati travels to the small town of Teotitlan de Valle to meet with one of the best cooks in Oaxaca, Abigail Mendoza. Abigail is opening her home to show Pati her dedication to preserving the pre-Hispanic techniques and recipes of her Zapotec ancestors. Back in Pati's kitchen, her experience with Abigail inspires recipes that feature few ingredients used in rustic Oaxacan ways.

  • Pati takes us on a deep dive into the history of Oaxaca cuisine from pre-Hispanic origins, to the introduction of Spanish techniques, and finally modern day movements. She starts by tasting ancestral recipes at the local market. Then, she meets up with a friend and historian who takes her to a restaurant, where they eat traditional Oaxaca recipes with a modern twist.

  • Pati shows how to get the most out of one day in the city of Oaxaca. In 24 hours, she takes in the top sights, meets up with a local guide, goes to the market for lunch, and gives viewers a taste of the vibrant restaurant scene in one of the top culinary destinations in all of Mexico. In her kitchen, she recreates some of the things she had at the market and gives them some new uses.

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