Monday, May 1, 2017

Pati's Mexican Table Review

I love food but I'm not a foodie. I enjoy cooking and baking but I'm not very good at it. I need recipes that are easy to follow with explanations of any "exotic" ingredients. You may wonder why I am writing a cooking show and cookbook review if I struggle in the kitchen. Well, that is exactly why I want to share what I know about Pati's Mexican Table. Pati Jinich takes some of the mystery out of Mexican cooking and presents it in a way that is easy and delicious.

Pati's Mexican Table Review


Pati's Mexican Table is a cooking show on public television channels. This weekend I was very fortunate to find a cooking show marathon that featured Pati's cooking shows back-to-back. I was in tamale heaven! And I had forgotten about creative gelatin desserts. With Cinco de Mayo approaching, she made me crave authentic Mexican food. 

Many of the recipes featured on the show are listed on her website. While the internet makes finding recipes a snap, there is something I really like about having either a cookbook or a printed recipe. I don't seem to lose track of where I am or what I'm doing if the printed recipe is with me in the kitchen while I cook.

That's why I am thrilled to see that she has two cookbooks offered for sale. 

Pati's Mexican Table is a cookbook filled with authentic Mexican recipes. Customer reviews are highly complimentary of this cookbook. The notable "pros" about this cookbook are the very helpful "cook's tricks" and the sidebars that explain ingredients or cooking techniques. These extra instructions are helpful in successfully making the recipe. One of the few "cons" listed by a few reviewers is that this cookbook does not list all/exactly the recipes shown on the television show.

Pati's Mexican Table cookbook

Mexican Today


Pati's second cookbook, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens offers authentic Mexican favorite recipes with a contemporary twists. Again, the cookbook features helpful advice and sidebars that are especially helpful for those of use who aren't formally trained in the kitchen.

Authentic Mexican food is plentiful when I travel to the area I was raised. When I am away from that area, I find myself missing authentic Mexican food. With Pati's television show and cookbooks for inspiration, even I should be able to make some delicious meals for Cinco de Mayo and all through the year. 

Mexican Today cookbook by Pati Jinich

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There is a good chance you are already familiar with Pati Jinich and her cooking show. But just in case you aren't, here is a quick introduction to her easy recipes and down-home style:





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7 comments:

  1. Cooking Mexican food has always been a bit of a challenge for me. I do require those extra tips from someone experienced. Plus, I have to agree with you, I need help identifying the required ingredients. I will definitely seek out a way to view the shows and I sure wouldn't mind having one of the cookbooks too.

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  2. Pati's Mexican recipes and cookbooks sound perfect for Cinco de Mayo and any day throughout the year that one craves Mexican food. Thanks for your terrific review, Dawn Rae.

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  3. My fave food is Tex-Mex which is Mexican with a Texas twist on it so I am sure I would love the cookbooks! Will have to see if Pati's show is available here.

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  4. We love Mexican food and I am going to have to give one of these cookbooks a try. Thanks for the great review!

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  5. I'm with Beverly we love Mexican food. I hope she has a good recipe for Salsa!! because every time that I make it something seems to be missing. Great review Dawn.

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  6. I've never watched this cooking show on PBS, but I'll be on the lookout for it. She's just adorable on the video, and I definitely could use help with Mexican cooking. Great timing on the review with Cinco de Mayo coming up!

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