Pati Jinich, host of PBS’ Pati’s Mexican Table, and Sally Swift, co-creator and Managing Producer of The Splendid Table, join forces on Big Appetites. Their mission, in Pati’s words, is to make people “hungry for more,” be it for food or new experiences. The two friends with unique culinary viewpoints talk about what is happening in their kitchen -- everything from the best shape for a dining room table and what foods they secret away from their families (Pati likes chocolate-covered amaranth seeds, while Sally prefers sour Life Savers Gummies), to how to make Japanese pickles. They talk books, recipes, manners, people, art, and politics -- pretty much everything is fair game.


Episode #16: Divorced Eggs

March 12, 2015 · Duration: 15:02 · Play

Huevos divorciados, with separated red and green salsas, is just one of the egg dishes discussed on this episode. Plus, important eggshell trivia and using water for crispier bacon.

Episode #15: What’s For Dessert?

February 26, 2015 · Duration: 16:11 · Play

The main course is dessert, and the classic debate is heavy vs. light. Pati Jinich and Sally Swift weigh in and share an idea for spicing up sweet peppers, plus a killer recipe for almond cake.

Episode #14: Deborah Madison on Winter Vegetables

February 12, 2015 · Duration: 14:29 · Play

Deborah Madison, author of The New Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone, talks with Pati Jinich and Sally Swift about new things to do with winter vegetables. Plus: a brave attempt to suss out the pronunciation of Worcestershire.

Episode #12: Diets, Dinner Parties, and Etiquette

January 15, 2015 · Duration: 18:23 · Play

When you’re invited to someone’s house for dinner, what’s the polite way to inform them that you are on a special diet? Lizzie Post from Awesome Etiquette has the answer for Pati Jinich and Sally Swift.

Episode #11: Kitchen Discoveries of 2014

December 23, 2014 · Duration: 15:51 · Play

Borscht, salsa macha, rice pilaf, and a recipe that Pati says she made 40 times (!) are among the Big Appetites kitchen discoveries of 2014. Plus, Sally explains Rule #1 of microwave cooking to Pati.

Episode #10: The Gift of Butter

December 18, 2014 · Duration: 8:46 · Play

Pati and Sally discuss their favorite food/food-adjacent gifts for the holidays, from books to butter to bay trees. Also, the Big Appetites verdict is in: round tables are better than rectangular tables.

Episode #9: Go-To Cookies

December 4, 2014 · Duration: 10:22 · Play

Pati and Sally trade their go-to cookies on this episode. Sally’s are her mother’s coconut macaroons, while Pati’s are piggies, which are pork-shaped, not pork-based.

Episode #8: The Big Appetites Thanksgiving Episode

November 20, 2014 · Duration: 12:45 · Play

Thanksgiving episode! Pati discusses her Mexican turkey recipe and bemoans the state of the American turkey wrap, while Sally recounts a Splendid Table Thanksgiving that involved a SAVEUR photo shoot, five inches of turkey water, and a trip to the ER.

Episode #7: Cheater Broth and Sexing Up Stock

November 6, 2014 · Duration: 17:32 · Play

What does the way you make soup say about your personality? And what about stock? Pati and Sally compare notes (Pati is not a bone saver; Sally is), endorse miso paste, and tell cold soup what it can go and do.

Episode #5: Pati Goes to Scandinavia

October 9, 2014 · Duration: 15:05 · Play

Pati Jinich details her trip to Scandinavia on this episode. Among the many bases covered: herring, gravlax, the quality of Scandinavian Tex-Mex, whale meat, chicken liver, and tattoos. Also, Sally Swift puts Greek yogurt on notice.

Episode #4: The Legend of Vanilla

September 25, 2014 · Duration: 14:02 · Play

Maidens, warriors, fertility goddesses, pollination windows, and jealous plants are all part of the story of Mexican vanilla. Take a listen.

Episode #2: Chubby Pepper

August 25, 2014 · Duration: 16:11 · Play

Pati and Sally talk about their spice cabinets. Pati leans on dried chiles and Mexican sea salt, and informs us that allspice translates to pimienta gorda, or “chubby pepper,” which is straight-up fantastic.

Episode #1: The Avocado

· Duration: 10:30 · Play

In the inaugural episode of Big Appetites, Pati and Sally go deep on the subject of avocados and what to do with them.