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PATI’S MEXICAN TABLE: Season 8

Airs Saturdays, Dec. 21, 2019 - Feb. 22, 2020 and March 28 - April 11 at 3 p.m. on KPBS TV

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Above: On "Mocorito, The Land of Chilorio," Pati goes with Victoria to visit her sister, Fabiola, who just happens to live right down the street and specialize in another Sinaloan classic, jamoncillo — a soft, sweet candy that is made only of sugar and milk.

Part travelogue, part cooking show, PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE follows host Pati Jinich as she explores the food, culture and history of Mexico and shares simple and mouth-watering recipes for home cooks.

On Season 8, in the state of Sinaloa on Mexico’s west coast, Pati harvests oysters and eats them right out of the water, searches the mountains for chiltepin chile, and samples chilorio, a regional specialty.

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Part travelogue, part cooking show, PATI'S MEXICAN TABLE follows host Pati Jinich as she explores the food, culture and history of Mexico and shares simple and mouth-watering recipes for home cooks. On Season 8, in the state of Sinaloa on Mexico’s west coast, Pati harvests oysters and eats them right out of the water, searches the mountains for chiltepin chile, and samples chilorio, a regional specialty.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Episode 1: “A Local's Tour Of Culiacán” airs Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. - Pati visits Culiacán, the capital of the state of Sinaloa. Founded in 1531, Culiacán is the center of trade for produce, meat, and fish and the locals pride themselves on the produce cultivated from the land and nearby sea.

Photo credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

On a local's tour of Culiacán, Chef Miguel Taniyama gives Pati a local’s tour of the best markets, street food stands, and restaurants, meeting friends and family along the way.

Pati's guide is celebrated chef and culinary ambassador Miguel Taniyama. Miguel gives Pati a local's tour of the best markets, street food stands, and restaurants, meeting friends and family along the way.

In her kitchen, Pati creates recipes inspired by the experience.

Recipes: Taquitos Dorados Ahogados and Enchiladas de Suelo

Pati's Mexican Table - A Local's Tour of Culiacán - Episode Trailer

Chef and culinary ambassador Miguel Taniyama gives Pati a tour of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa.

Episode 2: “Altata, Hidden Gem By The Sea Of Cortez” airs Saturday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. - Altata is a small town on the coast of Sinaloa, about 45 miles west of Culiacan with stretches of beautiful beaches and delicious seafood at your fingertips.

Pati visits with locals and chefs as this town embarks on a journey to reinvent itself from sleepy fishing village to first class tourist destination.

Pati takes a boat ride to sample fresh oysters straight from the water. Then back on the mainland, she stops in restaurants serving up fresh fish, oysters and shrimp.

In her kitchen, Pati prepares a seafood feast based on the beautiful waters of the Altata Bay.

Recipes: Chipotle Oyster Soup, Shrimp Machaca and Potato Burritos and Serrano Salsa Cruda

Pati's Mexican Table - Altata, Hidden Gem by the Sea of Cortez - Episode Trailer

In Altata, a small town on the coast of Sinaloa, Pati samples oysters pulled straight from the water and stops in restaurants serving up fresh fish, oysters and shrimp.

Episode 3: “South By South of the Border with Vivian Howard” airs Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. - Pati welcomes dear friend and fellow public television chef and host Vivian Howard to her kitchen.

In this south of the border meets southern food experience, Pati and Vivian will cook a couple of their classic recipes for each other, looking for connections in cultures and food.

Recipes: Texas Caviar, Turnip Roots and Greens, Grandma Hill’s Hoecakes, Pierna de Cerdo Adobada and Cuatro Leches Cake with Plums and Apricots

Pati's Mexican Table - South by South of the Border with Vivian Howard - Episode Trailer

Pati welcomes dear friend and fellow public television chef and host Vivian Howard to her kitchen. They cook a couple of their favorite recipes for each other looking for connections in cultures and food.

Episode 4: “Los Mochis, Street Taco Favorites” airs Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m. - Pati heads to Los Mochis, a coastal city in the northern region of Sinaloa that was founded by Americans in the late 1800s.

After learning its unique history and getting an incredibly delicious tour of the street food, Pati returns to her kitchen to create two mouth-watering taco recipes that take her right back to those street stands in Los Mochis.

Recipes: Campechano Tacos with Street Style Salsa, Salsa Callejera, Shrimp, Bacon and Crispy Chickpea Tacos with Smooth Guacamole and Smooth Guacamole.

Pati's Mexican Table - Los Mochis, Street Taco Favorites - Episode Trailer

Pati heads to Los Mochis, a coastal city in northern Sinaloa that was founded by Americans in the 1800s. She learns its unique history and gets an incredibly delicious tour of the street food scene.

Episode 5: “A Taste of Mazatlan” airs Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. - Sinaloa's premiere resort town claims 13-miles of beautiful Pacific coastline with boardwalks and pristine streets lined with brightly-colored homes and some of the best restaurants in Mexico. But Mazatlan has overcome a troubling and complicated history to become Sinaloa's number one destination.

Photo credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

On "A Taste of Mazatlán," Chef Luis takes Pati to his family’s restaurant, Panama, which started as a small bakery and has grown into one of the biggest food franchises in all of Sinaloa.

On this episode, Pati meets up with two close friends, chefs Luis Osuna and Zahie Tellez, both of whom witnessed the evolution of Mazatlan firsthand.

They each give Pati a personal tour of the city, and Chef Luis takes Pati to his family's restaurant, Panama, which started as a small bakery and has grown into one of the biggest food franchises in all of Sinaloa.

Recipes: Milanesa Torta with Matador Guacamole and Melty Cheese, Matador Guacamole and Guava Pie

Pati's Mexican Table - A Taste of Mazatlán - Episode Trailer

Pati meets up with two close friends, chefs Luis Osuna and Zahie Tellez, who each give her a personal tour of Mazatlán.

Episode 6: “El Fuerte, Magic Town” airs Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. - Pati travels to the northern part of Sinaloa and the town of El Fuerte, one of Mexico's "Pueblos Magicos" or magic towns. El Fuerte was founded in 1563 right at a bend in the Fuerte River.

Now a quiet colonial town, for over 300 years it was the most important commercial and agricultural center in northwest Mexico.

After a walking tour and a stop at the Hotel Posada Hidalgo to try their famous cauques, a local type of langoustine, Pati creates a few lobster recipes in her kitchen inspired by the experience.

Recipes: Lobster Chilaquiles, Lobster Rolls with Chipotle Mayo, Pickled Jalapeños and Serrano Cocktail Sauce, Homemade Chipotle Mayonnaise, Serrano Cocktail Sauce, Homemade Horchata and Café Horchata

Pati's Mexican Table - El Fuerte, Magic Town - Episode Trailer

Pati travels to the town of El Fuerte, one of Mexico’s "Pueblos Mágicos" or magic towns, where she tries the famous cauques, a unique local shellfish, at the Hotel Posada Hidalgo.

Episode 7: "Jinetes, Adventure in the Mountains" airs Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. - Pati travels into the mountains of Sinaloa to the tiny village of Jinetes — a place that appears to be stuck in time.

The small population of barely 100 people live on whatever the land gives them. Miles and miles removed from civilization, they’ve managed to preserve their customs and recipes for generations.

Pati is the first visitor to come learn from their culinary traditions and they’ve prepared a feast fit for the occasion.

Recipes: Pinto Bean Soup with Masa and Queso Fresco Dumplings and Traditional Capirotada with Mango and Plantains

Pati's Mexican Table - Jinetes, Adventure in the Mountains - Episode Trailer

Pati travels into the mountains of Sinaloa to the tiny village of Jinetes, where the population of barely 100 people live on whatever the land gives them.

Episode 8: "El Chepe, Railway to the Past" airs Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. - Originally conceived as a trade route linking cattle markets in Kansas City to the nearest Pacific Ocean port in Mexico, which is Topolobampo. Today the El Chepe railway is a historic passenger train that connects the city of Los Mochis to Chihuahua with stunning views of the Sinaloa countryside and the Copper Canyon.

On this episode, Pati will ride the first section of the train’s journey – from Los Mochis to El Fuerte. She will tour the train’s kitchen and sit down with chef Daniel De Los Santos to taste the gourmet offerings from the train’s restaurant, Urike.

Later, Pati will have a drink with her friend Rosalva Analy in the train’s stunning terrace. Back home, inspired by the early morning train ride through countryside of Sinaloa, Pati cooks up a delicious breakfast based on Sinaloan classics.

Recipes: Sinaloa Steak and Eggs over Potato Hash with Roasted Salsita, Roasted Tomato and Jalapeño Salsita, Potato Hash Cake, Chocolate Dipped Orejas and Easy Homemade Puff Pastry

Pati's Mexican Table - El Chepe, Railway to the Past - Episode Trailer

El Chepe is a historic passenger train with stunning views of the Sinaloa countryside and the Copper Canyon. Pati rides from Los Mochis to El Fuerte and tastes the gourmet offerings from the train's restaurant.

Episode 9: "Mocorito, The Land of Chilorio" airs Saturday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. - Founded in 1594, Mocorito is a quiet, colorful colonial town known for one of Sinaloa’s most beloved recipes: a slow-simmered pork dish called chilorio. Pati visits the home of Victoria Gonzalez, a cook known for having one of the best chilorio recipes in town.

Then Pati goes with Victoria to visit her sister, Fabiola, who just happens to live right down the street and specialize in another Sinaloan classic, jamoncillo — a soft, sweet candy that is made only of sugar and milk.

Photo credit: Courtesy of American Public Television

On "Mocorito, The Land of Chilorio," Pati goes with Victoria to visit her sister, Fabiola, who just happens to live right down the street and specialize in another Sinaloan classic, jamoncillo — a soft, sweet candy that is made only of sugar and milk.

Back in her kitchen, Pati perfects her own version of chilorio and dresses up a classic local cookie with sugar crystals and dulce de leche.

Recipes: Sinaloa Style Chilorio, Sopitas con Huevo y Chilorio, Chilorio Sincronizadas and Bizcotela Vestida

Pati's Mexican Table - Mocorito, The Land of Chilorio - Episode Trailer

Mocorito is a quiet, colorful colonial town known for one of Sinaloa’s most beloved recipes: a slow-simmered pork dish called chilorio. Pati visits the home of Victoria Gonzalez, who is known for having one of the best chilorio recipes in town.

Episode 10: “Surfside Eats” airs Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. - Celestino Gasca didn’t exist until about 30 years ago. Now, this rural seaside town is becoming a vacation destination due to its magnificent untouched beaches and idyllic surfing conditions.

Pati meets with local restaurant owner Carmen and helps her cook one of Sinaloa’s most iconic recipes: pescado zarandeado.

Then, she travels 30 minutes south to the tiny fishing village of Las Barras, where she meets a fisherman who catches percebes, a tiny crustacean considered a delicacy in the region.

Recipes: Habanero Shrimp Burger with Habanero Tartar Sauce, Habanero Tartar Sauce and French Fries with Chiltepín Salt and Cotija

Pati's Mexican Table - Surfside Eats - Episode Trailer

Pati visits two neighboring rural seaside towns in Sinaloa that are on their way to becoming vacation destinations. In Celestino Gasca, a local restaurant owner shows her how she makes the iconic dish pescado zarandeado, then she meets a fisherman who catches percebes in Las Barras.

Episode 11: “A Day In Sinaloa's Countryside” airs Saturday, March 28 at 3 p.m. - Known as “Mexico’s Bread Basket,” Sinaloa produces about 40% of the meat and produce consumed in all of Mexico. On this episode Pati travels the countryside — to farms and fisheries to get an up-close look at the wealth of resources Sinaloa has to offer.

She visits a dairy farm known for its fresh cheese, tours a high-tech produce farm, and gets a fresh-water fishing lesson from a master fisherman. In her kitchen, Pati cooks recipes inspired by the farm-fresh bounty of Sinaloa.

Recipes: Mango, Tomato, Tomatillo, Basil and Jalapeño Salad and Birria

Pati's Mexican Table - A Day in Sinaloa's Countryside - Episode Trailer

Known as "Mexico's Breadbasket" because it produces about 40% of all food consumed in Mexico, Pati visits Sinaloa's countryside to get an up-close look at the wealth of resources it has to offer.

Episode 12: “Home Cooking Sinaloa Style” airs Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. - On this episode, Pati visits home cooks and iconic restaurants all over Sinaloa, sampling some of the state’s most iconic dishes.

Delicious destinations include fish chicharron with a master fish butcher in Maviri, to a rustic pan de mujer with a family of bread makers in Altata, to one of the most famous restaurants in Mazatlán, Cuchupetas, beloved by celebrities, politicians, and locals for delicious seafood and a one of a kind experience.

Recipes: Cheese and Shrimp Pasta Bake and Chickpea Poundcake

Pati's Mexican Table - Home Cooking Sinaloa Style - Episode Trailer

In this episode, Pati visits a family of bread makers in Altata making a rustic pan de mujer and one of the most famous restaurants in Mazatlán, Cuchupetas, beloved by celebrities, politicians, and locals for delicious seafood and a one of a kind experience.

Episode 13: "How Do You Say Tucson?" airs Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. - On this special episode, Pati travels north of the border to Tucson, Arizona, a city that claims to have the best 23 miles of Mexican food anywhere in the world. She visits restaurants and meets local chefs, trying to get a deeper understanding of what Mexican food in America truly is.

What happens to recipes when they travel across the border? How do different cultures connect and shape the food we eat? And what is this Sonoran hot dog everyone is raving about?

Recipe: Banana and Habanero Salsa

Pati's Mexican Table - How Do You Say Tucson? - Episode Trailer

In this special episode, Pati travels north of the border to Tucson, Arizona, a city that claims to have the best 23 miles of Mexican food anywhere in the US.

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