- Freelance food writer and photographer
- Author of a book on food photography and two spicy cookbooks
Nancy Lopez-McHugh is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles and recipes for less than 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 spiciefoodie.com site. 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. This instilled a passion for food that followed with her eventually to Europe, where she spent more than a decade learning a variety of recipes from new friends in the international expat community, developing a newfound passion for the spicy cuisines of Asia. Combining this delicious hobby with her experience as a photographer and writer, she founded her website in 2009.
Nancy Lopez-McHugh' cooking knowledge is self-taught as well as what she has learned from family and friends. She formally studied photography and earned her diploma from the Prague Film School in the Czech Republic, and has more than 10 years of photographic and post-production 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 noted entities 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.
- "An Epiphany of the Senses," an eclectic collection of spicy recipes from around the world
- "Yummy Pics," a popular how-to guidebook to the art of photographing food
- Co-author of "Spicie Chicken: International Recipes Perfect for Any Day of the Week"
About The Spruce
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