Pastrami Tacos and other Latin American Jewish Foods with Pati Jinich and Ilan Stavans
In partnership with Jewish Book Council, Natan Fund, and Jewish Food Society
Think of your favorite Jewish food. Babka? Knish? Or maybe it’s Gefilte Fish à la Veracruzana, Passover latkes with mole or matzah chilaquiles? Across Latin America, Jewish cuisine has developed and flourished, incorporating traditions from Jewish roots and local flavors. What goes into a cholent in Argentina? What is served on every table in Mexico during Rosh Hashanah? That food is an integral part of any community is not news to Jews, but what are the distinct qualities and influences that make up Latin American Jewish cuisine? Join Jewish Book Council, Natan Fund, and Jewish Food Society for a mouthwatering lunchtime conversation with Spring 2020 Natan Notable Book winner, Ilan Stavans (The Seventh Heaven: Travels Through Jewish Latin America, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), and Mexican chef, TV personality, cookbook author, educator, and food writer Pati Jinich as they discuss culinary traditions and the dishes that should be a part of your next Friday night dinner. Pastrami tacos anyone?
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Internationally renowned essayist, translator, editor, and teacher, Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of Restless Books, and the host of the NPR podcast In Contrast. His many books include The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories(1998), the memoir On Borrowed Words (2002), Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language(2003), the three-volume set of Isaac Bashevis Singer: The Collected Stories (2004), The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (2008), The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011), Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015), The Seventh Heaven: Travels through Jewish Latin America (2019), and How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020). The recipient of numerous prizes, his work, translated into fifteen languages, has been adapted into film, TV, theater, and radio.
Pati Jinich is the host of Pati’s Mexican Table, now in its ninth season. Named one of the “100 Greatest Cooks of All-Time” by Epicurious and Bön Appétit, she has won a Gracie Award for her television work and is a three-time Emmy and IACP Award nominee. She is the resident chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute and has appeared on NPR’s Splendid Table and All Things Considered, NBC’s Today, CBS’s The Talk, ABC’s Good Morning America, and Food Network. Born and raised in Mexico City, she lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and three boys.
Jewish Book Council is nonprofit organization that educates and enriches the community through Jewish literature. Founded in 1944, Jewish Book Council is the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature.
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Jewish Food Society is a non-profit organization that works to preserve, celebrate, and revitalize Jewish culinary heritage. Through community events and a vibrant digital recipe archive, we aim to provide a deeper connection to Jewish life.