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The Culinary Journey of Chef Miriam Flores: From Pabelo to “Mi México” Cookbook

By  Jorge Chávez
Aug. 11, 2023
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Nestled in the picturesque valleys of Jalisco, the charming village of Pabelo is home to around 400 people. The cobblestone streets wind through adobe houses painted in pastel hues, a scene imbued with a rustic tranquility. It was here, amidst the lively chatter of cowboys herding cattle and the laughter of women making tortillas, that chef Miriam Flores’ love affair with food was ignited, sparking a journey across continents and cultures.

Born in Los Angeles, California, chef Miriam’s life has crossed borders and experiences that have indelibly shaped her culinary sensibilities. A sojourn back to Pabelo, the nurturing embrace of her grandmother Natividad Pelayo Uribe, and then back to the United States, weaving through the Pacific Northwest’s bounty of apples, pears, berries, and salmon, formed the backdrop of her formative years.

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One of chef Miriam Flores’ most popular dishes.

In her youth, the University of Oregon called, and so did the lure of Barcelona, Spain, where her path initially converged with architecture and art. However, the European culinary scene gradually replaced the Gaudi’s architecture. In France, Germany, Italy, and beyond, the charm of local delicacies captivated Miriam’s senses and inspired a passion for gastronomy.

Back in the United States, Le Cordon Bleu in Portland became Miriam’s gateway to creating dishes that reflected her European inspirations. She honed her skills at renowned restaurants such as Blue Hour and Andina, dancing to the unpredictable rhythms of the kitchen, mastering teamwork and detonating a passion that echoed her family’s culinary experiences.

An unexpected chapter emerged in Cork, Ireland, where Miriam shared her culinary magic through a catering business. In addition, her salsas (sauces) won acclaim at local farmers’ markets, paving the way for a reconnection with her Mexican roots. Driven by a desire to share her cherished flavors and experiences, the seeds of her culinary vision began to take root.

Chef Miriam Flores

Chef Miriam Flores selecting the freshest fish from the bay.

Then, in Puerto Vallarta, Miriam’s journey came full circle. She found herself back in Mexico, sharing her culinary wisdom through cooking classes that have resonated with travelers from around the world. Introducing them to the soulful essence of Mexican cuisine became a defining passion, reflecting her unbreakable bond with her origins. Now, her famous sauces can be found at the Olas Altas Farmers Market (November to April).

And now, the crowning jewel of Miriam’s culinary odyssey is looking to grace kitchens and tables: Mi México · 100 Classic Mexican Recipes with a Modern Touch. More than just a collection of recipes, this cookbook invites readers to savor the authenticity, culture, and warmth that radiate from each page.

With elegant dishes that capture the imagination through vibrant photography, Mi México combines sophistication with accessibility. Written for those who want to stay away from complicated techniques and intimidating recipes, the book proves that culinary excellence can be achieved with simplicity. From Camarones a la Diabla to Huachinango en Hoja de Plátano, the cookbook showcases the vibrant palette of Mexican cuisine while emphasizing the joy of creation.

In a world that is always in a hurry, Mi México stands as an example of mindful living. Chef Miriam’s rustic approach—born of her village roots—breathes life into dishes that embody both elegance and complexity.

Chef Miriam’s cooking classes in Puerto Vallarta embody the essence of her culinary legacy. With a wide range of participants, Miriam shares not only recipes, but a connection to food that nurtures communities and builds confidence in one’s culinary abilities.

Chef Miriam Flores

Mi México · 100 Classic Mexican Recipes cover book.

Mi México is not just a cookbook; it is a testament to the love that unites generations. The homage to Miriam’s grandmother resonates through every page, it is a tribute to the love, respect and appreciation for nature’s bounty that she instilled in her.

Get to know more about Mi México · 100 Classic Mexican Recipes with a Modern Touch.

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Jorge Chávez
Chief Editor

A fan of docuseries and a food lover who is always in search of coexisting with Mother Nature.

  jclovetronic
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