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In my post earlier today on Oreo cookies (not to mention my recent Y&H column on Tex-Mex), I name-drop Mexican chef Patricia Jinich. If you haven’t learned about her already, do yourself the favor and read Joan Nathan‘s insightful piece in the New York Times on Jinich.

Jinich’s star is obviously on the rise. In this video, she teaches Paula Deen how to fry (and eat) plantains. The usually motor-mouthed Deen is reduced to nothing but “mmmmms.”