Pati Jinich and Andrea Alverez look at dried red chiles at the home of Jesus Perez who makes decorative ristas to sell at the market

Travel the New Mexico and Chihuahua border region with LA FRONTERA WITH PATI JINICH – April 17 at 9 pm

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Monday, April 17 at 9:00 pm

host posing in a Mennonite field in Sabinal, Mexico, a few chickens in the field
Your host posing in a Mennonite field in Sabinal, Mexico

Pati Jinich travels the New Mexico and Chihuahua border region, one of the most unique and bio-diverse places in the world. She meets architect Ronald Rael, observes migratory species, visits a remote Mennontie camp, and more.


Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of the US-Mexico borderlands alongside acclaimed chef and James Beard Award-winning host Pati Jinich as she experiences the region’s rich culture, people and cuisine. Travel with Pati to Southern California, Baja, Arizona, Sonora, New Mexico, and Chihuahua as she shares meals with self-described fronterizos or borderlanders from all walks of life, and reflects on the melding of cultures.

Pati Jinich tastes the famous Sparky's green chile burger with owner Teako Nunn
Pati Jinich tastes the famous Sparky’s green chile burger with owner Teako Nunn

Each border region has its own unique soul. The California area is the most crossed land border in the world leading to fascinating stories of cross-border collaboration and creativity. The Arizona border, with an ancient tribe and one of the world’s most unforgiving deserts, is steeped in tradition and stories of pain from colonization and migrants seeking a more dignified life. But that pain is deeply contrasted by the overwhelming healing power of human kindness. New Mexico is the only place where U.S. school buses pick up kids from Mexico, and we meet a community of Mennonites that will make you feel like you have traveled back in time. La Frontera with Pati Jinich demystifies the borderland communities, sparks dialogue and discussion, and furthers the narrative that saturates mainstream media about border communities.

Pati has dedicated her career to building a shared understanding between her two neighboring home countries: Mexico, where she was born and raised, and the United States, where she now lives with her Mexican-American family.