I'm a 42 year old stay-at-home wife and mom of 4, who loves to cook and bake. I was born and raised in sunny southern California, but for the past 16 years I've been living in a small town--about a 2-hour drive north of Guadalajara--in the heart of Mexico.
I have loved to cook for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of watching my grandmother make homemade flour tortillas and her famous tamales, and of helping my abuelito (grandpa)--who was the baker in the family--dry our own orejones de manzana (apple slices) to make empanadas and/or capirotada (bread pudding).
Having been raised around the foods my grandparents grew up eating in the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua, I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about Mexican food. But when I married my hubby, who was born and raised in the small town we now call home, I learned that not all Mexican food is the same and that it varies from state to state and sometimes even region to region. With the help of my suegra (mother-in-law) I learned to cook the traditional Mexican dishes that Hubby grew up eating like Pozole and Carne de Puerco con Chile.
Mexican food has always been an important part of my life. La Cocina de Leslie is a collection of the traditional Mexican recipes I've learned to make over the years and the Mexican-inspired meals I prepare everyday in my kitchen for my hubby Alf (short for Alfonso) and our four gorgeous kiddies; Hope (18), Nick (16), Ashley (14), and Jack (11). But it's also a place to share my love of cooking in general. For me, this blog is about so much more than just Mexican food, it's a celebration of the rich culture and traditions Mexico has to offer and a way to share the memorable moments spent in la cocina with family and friends.
I recently finished writing my very first cookbook titled Taquería Tacos: A Taco Cookbook to Bring the Flavors of Mexico Home which is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and is set to be released on October 18th.
If you love all things Mexican food, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! For recipes in Spanish visit La Cocina de Leslie (en español). And to learn more about my family and our life in Mexico be sure to check out my personal blog La Casa de Leslie.
If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org