PBS’ irrepressible Pati Jinich is a cultural ambassador who weaves her past life as an academic into cooking

The night before I spoke to Pati Jinich, the acclaimed chef, cookbook author, and television personality, she had eaten chipotle turkey meatballs for dinner.

It’s a staple at her home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she records one of her PBS shows.

It’s been a busy day judging by the number of people who rang their doorbells during our conversation.

It ranged from her new book Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets; her Borderlands show from PBS, getting the green light for a second season; the 10th season of “Pati’s Mexican Table”; on her family’s Jewish-Mexican heritage.

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