Maria Aguirre

Photo of Maria Aguirre
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Northeastern University
Latin American Food, Coffee, Homemade Cooking
  • She wrote the first ever Ecuadorian recipes for Food 52, a fish-based soup called Fanesca that Ecuadorians prepare for Easter, and a green plantain omelet named tigrillo.
  • Maria wrote a Guayaquil food guide for a special Ecuadorian edition of National Geographic Traveller UK, including trendy restaurants and favorite coffee shops.
  • She interviewed James Beard award-winning chef David Vargas, owner of Vida Cantina in Portsmouth, NH, for New Hampshire Public Radio' Spanish newscast.


Maria started her food writing career with her own food blog while in college. She wrote her personal anecdotes about food, and this is how she got a job as a radio host on a local station to interview relevant people in the Guayaquil food scene. Today, Maria produces the Spanish newscast for New Hampshire Public Radio. Besides food, she writes about body positivity and mental health on her personal Medium page in Spanish. For NHPR, she produced a radio story about how Latino families in NH connect to their roots through the plates they cook for Thanksgiving.


After getting a bachelor's degree in communications in Guayaquil, Maria pursued a master's degree at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, while writing for school newspapers like Storybench, The Scope, and Global Observer. She did an online food writing course at Gotham Writers Workshop.
Mashed Editorial Policies

Mashed’s industry-leading coverage is created by qualified and experienced writers, and is reviewed and fact-checked by our editorial team to ensure everything is accurate and timely. Outside experts are also consulted to help deliver factual, up-to-date information.

Our mission is to inform and engage our readers, telling them things they need to know, things they want to know, and things they didn't know they wanted to know about food. We strive to always provide a well-rounded reading experience, whether that’s the news of the day or a new original recipe you can try making at home. In an effort to provide the most comprehensive, current, and accurate content, our editorial team constantly reviews and updates articles as necessary. Additional information on our editorial process available here.

Stories By Maria Aguirre