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Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking

Pati's Mexican Table cookbook

Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking

by Pati Jinich

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: March 2013

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Featured Recipe: Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad

The host of a highly popular PBS series, Pati’s Mexican Table, and a self-described “overloaded soccer mom with three kids and a powerful blender,” Pati Jinich has a mission. She’s out to prove that Mexican home cooking is quicker and far easier than most Americans think. Her dishes are not blanketed with cheese, or heavy and fried, or based on complex sauces. Nor are they necessarily highly spicy. Surprising in their simplicity and freshness, they incorporate produce and grains. Most important, they fit perfectly into an everyday family cooking schedule and use just a handful of ingredients, most of which are already in your pantry. Many are homey specialties that Pati learned from her mother and grandmother, some are creative spins on classics, while others are not well known outside of Mexico.

Dishes like Chicken à la Trash (a one-pot meal that Pati gleaned from a Mexican restaurant cook), Mexican Meatballs with Mint and Chipotle, Sweet and Salty Salmon, and Mexican-Style Pasta can revitalize your daily repertoire. You’ll find plenty of vegetarian fare, from Classic Avocado Soup to Divorced Eggs (with red and green salsa) to Oaxaca-Style Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas. Pati’s dishes for the holidays and other special occasions include Mexican Thanksgiving Turkey with Chorizo, Pecan, Apple, and Corn Bread Stuffing; Spiral-Cut Beef Tenderloin; and Red Pozole (“a Mexican party in a bowl”), which she served on her wedding day. Desserts like Triple Orange Mexican Wedding Cookies, Scribble Cookies (sandwich cookies filled with chocolate), and little Apricot-Lime Glazed Mini Pound Cakes are sophisticated yet simple to make.

Cooks&Books&Recipes Editors,
on Pati’s Mexican Table:

Often, my first thought about a cookbook author is: “What are her street creds? Why should I trust her to know about these recipes?” Pati Jinich answers these questions first thing, in her Introduction: “I didn’t set out to be an obsessed food professional, but I’m a Jewish-Mexican mother, so the obsessive part comes naturally. Originally I trained as an academic and got a job in Washington, D.C., at a policy think tank, where I focused on Mexican politics and history. Eventually, though, I listened to my husband, who kept asking why I persisted in working there when all I talked about were the foods of Mexico, and all I did in my spare time was cook.” That’s good enough street creds for me. I don’t even care about her experience as a food writer, cooking teacher, or TV show host.

The other bonus for me? Pati’s emphasis on simple. She notes that many of her dishes are even tastier when made ahead, adding to their convenience.  She gives a “Mexican Cook’s Tip” for most recipes, and the cookbook is sprinkled liberally with green boxes highlighting need-to-know topics: Mexican Chorizo; Cooking Beans; Corn versus Flour Tortillas; Chipotles in Adobo Sauce; How to Buy an Avocado (did you realize that the Mexican Hass avocado tree is always in season?). When I’m looking to cook Mexican food at home, I need to know about chorizo, beans, and tortillas. BTW, have you heard of Maggi seasoning sauce, the Swiss sauce used in Mexican dishes to add umami in everything from salsa to beer? I never had. That’s just one of the insider tips you’ll find in Pati’s Mexican Table.

For more insider tips, scroll down below and enter to win your own copy of Pati’s Mexican Table, thanks to the generosity of publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The Cookbook Basics:

Hardcover (8.2 x 10.1 inches); Kindle edition

288 pages; color photos (of many recipes)

Chapters and sections: Salsas, Pickles, and Guacamole; Salads; Soups; Anytime Vegetarian; Seafood; Poultry; Meat; Sides; Desserts; Drinks

Pati’s Mexican Table TV show: http://www.patismexicantable.com/tvshow/

Cookbook website: Pati’s Mexican Table

In the press: Washington Post; Chicago Tribune; San Antonio Express News

Giveaway Notes:

There are six ways to enter the giveaway, but it’s not necessary to do all six entries. Choose whichever one(s) you like, and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. The winner, to be randomly selected and notified by e-mail, must claim the cookbook within one week. Giveaway ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, May 15.

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48 Responses to “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking”

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    Kat @ hapamom.com — April 30, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

    This cookbook looks amazing! She sounds like she really knows what she’s doing! The chicken a la trash sounds like an easy meal for weekdays when I’m worn out :p
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    Kim Porter — April 30, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

    I would love to have a bowl of your avocado soup right now…comforting!

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    Rachel Miller — May 1, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    I’d love to read this to get some quick meal ideas, that are a bit different than I would normally make…thanks for the giveaway!

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    Meryl — May 1, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

    Sounds great!

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    Louis — May 1, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Carl — May 1, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Two that sound great are Mexican Meatballs with Mint and Chipotle, and Sweet and Salty Salmon. Yum, bring ‘em on!
    this looks like a great cookbook, I’d certainly like to win a copy.

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    Breanna Clewley — May 1, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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    deana c — May 2, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    This cookbook would be perfect for me. Thanks for the chance

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    Daniel M — May 2, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    always like trying new recipes

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    Stephanie Larison — May 2, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    I would love to win this, sounds great!

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    darlene carbajal — May 3, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    I would love to try and cook up these delicious foods. :)

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    Debbie Welchert — May 3, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    I love mexican food but I just can’t find any good recipes. This cookbook sounds amazing with a lot of great recipes.

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    Kortney Lah — May 3, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Thanks for the opportunity. I love Mexican food!

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    Anne — May 3, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    I love Pati’s Mexican Table on Create TV, and I expect the book is equally as enjoyable and interesting. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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    Jennie — May 4, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    This looks like a fun book! I love trying new recipes.

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    Carolsue — May 4, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

    We eat lots of Mexican food around here. I’d love to win this!

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    kelly Nicholson — May 4, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

    hello world..im here to win!

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    Shannon — May 5, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    Looks like a wonderful cookbook with some great recipes! I would love to be able to cook homemade Mexican food!

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    Vanda — May 5, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    I’d like to try some New Mexican dishes and this cookbook looks pretty good to give it a try.

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    latoya — May 5, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    I actually watch her cooking show on pbs, thanks for the giveaway,

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    Julie Thompson — May 6, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    thank you for the giveaway

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    Deckled Edges — May 6, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Looks like a great cookbook!

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    Margot S. — May 7, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    Looks like a fun cookbook!

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    Sedna — May 7, 2013 @ 4:47 am

    This reading made me hungry (๑* ç *๑)
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    Diane Sallans — May 7, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I love Mexican Food but I haven’t made much more than the basics myself – I need to learn more about the authentic flavors and spices – this book looks wonderful!

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    Breenah — May 7, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    Ooh, I love Mexican food!
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    Gianna — May 7, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Christina Howell — May 7, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love to cook and this cookbook sounds great.

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    Heather McCormick — May 8, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    We love Mexican food, thanks so much!!

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    tina reynolds — May 9, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    thanks for the chance would love some new recipes

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    Dorothy Teel — May 10, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    We love Mexican food at my house and I do get tired of just making tacos, enchiladas, and casseroles and I need some new recipes and special desert recipes for the mexican dinner nights I have when my grandchildren all come over.

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    Talia — May 10, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    I absolutely LOVE mexican food, and my town leaves much to be desired as far as restaurant options. I’d love to win this book!

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    Sheri — May 11, 2013 @ 6:15 am

    Awesome cookbook! Thanks for such a cool givaway

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    Amanda @ MarocMama — May 11, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    I love watching Pati on TV, and I’ve yet to see a recipe of hers I didn’t like! This cookbook is the Mexican cookbook I’ve been waiting for!!
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    Tara — May 13, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    Oh my little cousins would LOVE to be the testers of these recipes! We’re always looking for new fun dishes!

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    Lauren — May 13, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    Would love to win!

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    Lesley F — May 14, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    Love trying new recipes

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    Lesley F — May 14, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    Love trying new recipes! Thanks for the chance to win

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    Gabrielle O'Brien — May 14, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity!
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    Diane F — May 15, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    We love good mexican food! I would love to win this to find some new recipes.

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    gigi — May 15, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    I love trying new recipes – I love that there’s a whole section on pickles & salsa!

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    Amanda Rauch — May 15, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I love any kind of Mexican food-a huge family favorite!!

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    Jennifer Mays — May 15, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Looks like a good cookbook. I love Mexican food.

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    Angela Nichols — May 15, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

    I love Mexican Food and I am always looking for new recipes. This sounds awesome!

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    robyn paris — May 15, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    i love mexican food and would love to learn how to cook it.

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    Jessica G — May 15, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    Thanks for a great giveaway- we love Mexican food!

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    Sand — May 15, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    This looks like a great cookbook!

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    Michelle C — May 15, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Love cookbooks