Plants, cuisine, and culture

Plants, Cuisine, and Culture Lecture Series

Plants, Cuisine, and Culture: Mexican Cuisine with Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich
Tuesday, September 26
6 – 7 p.m.


Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is the host and executive producer of the award-winning PBS docuseries La Frontera, which shares stories from the United States-Mexico border and just aired its second season, and the long-running, Emmy-nominated PBS show Pati’s Mexican Table, where Pati brings Mexican flavors from around the country into American homes.

A former political analyst focused on Mexican political institutions and United States-Mexico relations at the Inter-American Dialogue, Pati holds a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University. Bringing together her background in policy with her love of food and talent for interviewing, Pati has now made exploring and sharing Mexico’s cuisine and culture her life’s work. She has been named one of the “Top 5 Border Ambassadors” by the Council of the Americas; among the “100 Greatest Cooks of All Times” by Epicurious; is a three-time James Beard Award winner for her television work; and is resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. She is also the New York Times bestselling cookbook author of three cookbooks, including her most recent Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets.

Pati has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, LIVE with Kelly & Mark, CBS’s The Talk, The Food Network, NPR’s All Things Considered, and Univision’s Despierta America, among others. She has been profiled in numerous well-regarded publications including the New York Times and the Washington Post. In addition to writing on her website,, she contributes to a wide array of print and online publications including the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Pati has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for the past 20 years, where she and her husband are raising their three Mexican-American sons.


Presented in partnership with Franklin Park Conservatory, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.