Hola! I'm Leslie Harris de Limón, creator and food blogger extraordinaire behind La Cocina de Leslie, author of Taquería Tacos, and maker of delicious Mexican food. Welcome to my cocina (kitchen)!

I'm a 43 year old domestic goddess who loves to cook and bake. I was born and raised in sunny southern California, but for the past 17 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 Shredded Pork 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 it wasn't until I moved to Mexico that 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 like Traditional Mexican Pozole Rojo 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 family, which includes 3 hungry teenagers and a college student. 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.

My first cookbook titled Taquería Tacos: A Taco Cookbook to Bring the Flavors of Mexico Home, was published in late 2016 and is now available on Amazon,

If you love all things Mexican food, be sure to follow me on  FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest! I'm also a contributor to the Hispanic Kitchen website, where I share more of my favorite Mexican recipes like Avena de Chocolate and Piña Colada Tres Leches Cake.

For recipes in Spanish visit La Cocina de Leslie (en español).

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at leslielimon@lacocinadeleslie.com