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About Alicia

Alicia Maher is a Salvadoran food expert, award-winner cookbook author, publisher and home-chef. For more than thirty years Alicia has shared the food of her native country, El Salvador, with family and friends. She learned to cook from her mother, grandmother, aunts and friends. 


Alicia was born and raised in Santa Ana, El Salvador. She is the bilingual author and publisher of Delicious El Salvador: 75 Authentic Recipes for Traditional Salvadoran Cooking, and the Spanish language edition, El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos: 75 Recetas Auténticas de la Cocina Tradicional Salvadoreña. Delicious El Salvador was her first cookbook. Alicia’s mission is to preserve, rescue and document authentic Salvadoran recipes for her children, future generations, and food lovers everywhere. 


In 1986, she moved to Los Angeles to attend college. Alicia graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Art History, class of 1992. Shortly after arriving in Southern California, she met her future husband, Joseph, They got married in 1988, and are the proud parents of three wonderful sons.


Alicia has been featured in top media outlets, including CNN Latino, MundoFox, Esmitv, The Latin Kitchen, Los Angeles Magazine, La Opinion, EFE, El Tiempo Latino, El Salvador.com, Cook’s Cook Magazine and more. Alicia was named El Salvador's Culinary Ambassador by UCLA Magazine, Revista Ella from El Salvador, and Sercano TV. 


She has taught Salvadoran cooking classes at her home, Whole Foods, Surfas Culinary District, and on live TV in Viva La Mañana, a morning show in El Salvador. Featured Chef Latin Food Fest 2016. In 2017, at the invitation of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, she gave a talk on Salvadoran food history at the Los Angeles Grand Central Library. 


Most recently she did a cooking demo at Melissa's Produce. The audience of more than forty people included chefs, food writers, bloggers and authors from Los Angeles. 


Alicia was a contributor to The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes That Make America Great, from Interlink Publishing. She represented the millions of Salvadoran immigrants living in the US. 


In 2014, in Beijing, Delicious El Salvador won the Gourmand Award for Best First Cookbook in the World. Delicious El Salvador also won a Gourmand Award at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015, for Best First Cookbook of the last twenty years. These are the first international cookbook awards for El Salvador’s traditional home cooking. 


Alicia has always celebrated and recognized the rich legacy of Salvadoran family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Her translation of Delicious El Salvador, El Salvador, Sabores Deliciosos was a semi-finalist, category translation, in the 2018 Gourmand awards.