Nancy Lopez-McHugh

Expertise: vegetarian cooking, food photography, spices

Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a freelance writer and photographer who specializes in spices and spicy food. She runs two blogs and has written for a variety of publications.


  • Freelance food writer and photographer
  • Author of a book on food photography and a cookbook
  • Behind the blogs Mexican Made Meatless and Spicie Foodie


Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles and recipes for almost two years. She is a professional freelance food writer, photographer, and all-around spicy food aficionado. She has years of food blogging experience via her popular Spicie Foodie blog. She is the author of two food-oriented books and co-author of another.

Having been raised in a traditional small-town Mexican environment, Nancy’s education in food preparation began with watching and learning from her grandmother, mother, and aunts as they would prepare classic Mexican recipes with their own personal and regional flair. She is behind the blog Mexican Made Meatless, a site featuring easy pescetarian recipes.


Nancy Lopez-McHugh studied photography and earned her diploma from the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic, and she has more than 10 years of photographic and postproduction experience. She began writing as a child and majored in literature and creative writing during her preparatory education.

Awards and Publications

Her food writing, photography, and recipes have been widely published by such outlets as The Huffington Post, NBC Latino, Woman’s Health, Gourmet, VegNews, and The Guardian. She is an official blogger for the worldwide Meatless Monday campaign. 

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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