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

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?

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

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 #11: Kitchen Discoveries of 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

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

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

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

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.