Episode 79: Pati’s Mexican Jewish Table

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A walk through Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden with chef and cookbook author Pati Jinich, host of the Emmy and James Beard nominated PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC. Pati talks about her Jewish heritage, growing up in Mexico, immigration, life choices and how she found her way into the kitchen.

One Comment

  • Max Greenberg on Sep 25, 2017

    hello K.S. team! Thanks for the amazing work you do, I’ve been enjoying getting to know your program.
    There are so many ways to approach the topic of food and I know it must be difficult to narrow down all the different angles to chose from, but I wanted to ask if the topic of culinary appropriation came up when talking to Ms. Jinich during your interview. It would appear that she has made a very successful career, largely out of learning the cooking techniques and recipes from different regions and indigenous communities in Mexico. Yet, as an ashkenazi (white) Jewish Mexican, she has received tremendous structural socio-economic privileges, on both sides of the border; privileges that indigenous communities are structurally denied. The power imbalance at the intersection of these “culinary exchanges” is too monumental to ignore. I would love to know if any topic about race/ privilege/ appropriation came up during the interview (which maybe didn’t make the edit) and if not, how might you explore this themes in the future, particularly in the context of Jewish experiences? Thank you for your time!

    PS. I say this all as a jewish historian (in training) who is writing their dissertation on Jewish Migration in Mexico. I am really committed to pushing out (transnational) Jewish community to begin addressing race, colonialism and structural privileges and inequality.