Salvadoran food expert. Award-winner cookbook author. Pupusa recipe & more!


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Hola, I am Alicia Maher, born and raised in El Salvador, I call Los Angeles my home since 1986. I graduated from UCLA in 1992. I am the author and publisher of two Salvadoran cookbooks, Delicious El Salvador and El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos. I am an expert on Salvadoran food, from pupusas to soups.

In 2014, in Beijing, Delicious El Salvador won the Gourmand Award for Best First Cookbook in the World, the first time El Salvador’s traditional food has won the equivalent of a gold medal.  My mission is to rescue and preserve El Salvador's authentic cooking for the next generations.

My Skillset

 I can write, produce, design and food style award-winning cookbooks. I possess a sharp eye for details. I am an expert in authentic Salvadoran food.  I am an excellent cooking teacher. In my classes you will learn how to make pupusas, soups, holiday dishes, and much more. I have strong interpersonal skills and work well with a wide variety of people. I learned to cook from masters of Salvadoran cooking, my grandmother, mother and numerous aunts. I teach private cooking classes. I am a former owner of two bakeries in the Los Angeles area. 

My Passions

 I am passionate about my family, I love to cook for them. I like to hike the Santa Monica Mountains. My favorite place is Solstice Canyon.  Traveling is one of my passions too. I love vacationing in El Salvador. I enjoy hanging out with my sons and husband, and eating out. We love all sorts of cuisines, my husband is half Irish and half Syrian. I also enjoy baking fruit pies, and gardening in my backyard. I grow my own herbs to use in my cooking. 

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In Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes For Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, Alicia Maher shares the secrets to authentic Salvadoran food. From iconic dishes like pupusas, quesadilla, Christmas turkey and torrejas, to everyday dishes like meat stew, chicken soup, shrimps with garlic, rice, re-fried beans, pork chops with onions, green beans and eggs, summer squash in a cream sauce, vanilla custard…  your family and friends will love these dishes. With 224 pages and over 90 photos, full color and high resolution, featuring each dish and some of the country side. Most photos were shot on location, in San Salvador. Delicious El Salvador fills a cultural void for the millions of Salvadorans living in the U.S.A.

There is something for every cook, family member, and guest in this book. With great joy, Alicia makes these recipes accessible to all, while maintaining the authenticity of the delicious Salvadoran culinary experience. El Salvador food is all about soups with lots of vegetables, meats stews with vegetables and herbs, fruits drinks, seafood, desserts like mango in almíbar… These ingredients are easily available at most major supermarkets and local Latin markets. Just the basics are needed to create these yummy dishes, a teaspoon, tablespoon, a standard 8 ounce cup or a measuring cup, and some basic pots and pans.

Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, is a 2014 Gourmand winner for Best First Cookbook of the World. Her translation of Delicious El Salvador, El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos: 75 Recetas Auténticas de la Cocina Tradicional Salvadoreña, was a semi-finalist, category translation, in the 2018 Gourmand awards. Alicia’s mission is to preserve, rescue and document authentic Salvadoran recipes for her children, future generations, and food lovers everywhere.


Bienvenidos a El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos: 75 Recetas Auténticas de la Cocina Tradicional Salvadoreña, escrito por Alicia Maher. El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos, fue semi-finalista, categoría “Traducción” en los premios Gourmand 2018 en Yantai, China. La edición en Ingles, Delicious El Salvador, gano en Beijing, en el 2014, el prestigioso premio Gourmand “Best in the World” en la categoría Mejor Primer Libro del Mundo, y en el 2015, en la Feria de libros en Frankfurt “Mejor Primer Libro en los últimos 20 años. 


Alicia escribió Delicious El Salvador como un esfuerzo para proteger, preservar y documentar el patrimonio gastronómico de la comida salvadoreña, y como un legado para sus hijos, las generaciones futuras, y amantes de la comida en todas partes del mundo.

Esta es su guía a la auténtica cocina de El Salvador. Aquí podrá encontrar platos tradicionales traspasados por siglos de generación en generación. Cada receta viene acompañada de una impresionante fotografía a colores que representa lo mejor de la gama gastronómica de El Salvador. 

A su familia y amigos les encantarán los auténticos sabores salvadoreños, frescos, deliciosos y fáciles de preparar.

Alicia ha aparecido en The Latin Kitchen, Los Angeles Magazine Online,
CNN Latino, La Opinion, EFE, Mundo Fox, Azteca T.V., Estrella T.V., Spiced Peach Blog, Whole Foods Markets, Viva La Mañana, GranDiosas El Salvador, UCLA Magazine, La Prensa Grafica de El Salvador, Sercano.com, Latin Food Fest in Los Angeles y San Diego y mas…

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I have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy working with creative people and projects. I can do recipe development, social media marketing, special events appearance, private and corporate cooking classes... Send me a message and let's talk! Alicia@deliciouselsalvador.com

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