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Sweet lime and chicken soup

Sweet lime and chicken soup

Sweet lime and chicken soup, Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets. Photograhy by Angie Mosier.

Pati Jinich Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local SecretsThe “buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority” (New York Times) and star of the three-time James Beard Award-winning PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table brings together more than 150 iconic dishes that define the country’s cuisine

Although many of us can rattle off our favourite authentic Mexican dishes, we might be hard-pressed to name more than ten. Which is preposterous, given that Mexico has a rich culinary history stretching back thousands of years. For the last decade, Pati Jinich has sought out the culinary treasures of her home country, from birria to salsa macha, to coyotas, to carne asada.

Many of these dishes are local specialties, heirlooms passed down through generations, unknown outside of their original regions. Others have become national sensations. Each recipe is a classic. Each one comes with a story told in Pati’s warm, relatable style. And each has been tested in Pati’s American kitchen to ensure it is the best of its kind. Together, these essential recipes paint a vivid picture of the richness of Mexico. (more…)

Chicken Soup (aka Jewish Penicillin)

Chicken Soup, Kosher Style by Amy Rosen, Photography by Ryan Szulc

Chicken Soup, Kosher Style by Amy Rosen, Photography by Ryan Szulc

In the Jewish culture, as in many others, bubbes, saftas and nanas are the matriarchs of the kitchen and thus the rulers of the roost. They are culinary giants in quilted polyester muumuus and silk slippers who know how to make the Semitic linchpins cherished from childhood—the kugel, the gefilte fish, the matzah ball soup and the crispy-skinned roasted chicken. They all have their specialties but, of course, they won’t be around to feed us forever, and that will be a loss indeed. But it will be an even bigger loss if the recipes we grew up on pass away with them, along with those special connections to our past.

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