Author: Letisha Marrero

Women Who Inspire: Pati Jinich

(Photo Credit: Facebook) NAME: Pati Jinich AGE: 41 OCCUPATION: Chef, Author and TV Host of Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS WHO SHE IS: You don’t expect a celebrity chef to invite you to her home and serve you “piggy cookies.” (She did. For me!) You don’t expect a celebrity chef to have a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown (she does). In fact, just eight years ago, Pati left her full-time job as a political analyst to pursue her love of Mexican food and the culture of her home country. On her hit show, Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS, you’ll often get a mini-history lesson on a region of Mexico, or the geneses of certain ingredients. She recently wrote an article for The Washington Post about the origins of Tex-Mex food, to which my tejana friend from Texas proclaimed should be taught in every school in America. Pati’s cookbook of the same name just rose to #1 on Amazon for Mexican cookbooks. (Take that, Rick Bayless!) WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Pati is one of those WYSIWYG women: What you see …