Nancy Lopez-McHugh

  • 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 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 publications 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. 


Expertise: Vegetarian Cooking, Food Photography
Business Name: Mexican Made Meatless

About The Spruce

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