Mariana Nuño-Ruiz was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She comes from a long line of strong women. Margarita, her traditional grandma, kindled her passion for traditional Mexican cooking at an early age. Ana Fernanda, her modern grandma, inspired her to become a woman with a professional career and see the world with wider eyes. The combination of their teachings ignited Mariana’s love for cooking and her curiosity beyond the kitchen, wanting to learn about ingredients, their origins ,and the history of foods. Mariana earned an architecture degree from ITESO and after working as an architect for more than eight years, she followed her bliss and took a break from architecture to acquire a culinary arts degree from AWC in Arizona. Since then, she has cooked in restaurants, catered, baked, sculpted and decorated cakes, and taught cooking and workshops. Mariana enjoys mambo, creating recipes, food history, and collecting new and rare cookbooks; she loves chiles and worships tomato season. Her last supper would be Frijolitos de la Olla. When she is not cooking she is thinking about it.
In 2013 Ian and Mariana co-created the cooking blog, Yes, more please!, where they combine their skills in creating recipes, photography, writing, design, and production. Driven by their motto, “An extra serving of cooking inspiration…,” they work to inspire people to get into the kitchen and to cook from scratch. Together, they have since created more than 150 original and traditional recipes with step-by-step photos, showcasing Mariana’s cooking and production design and Ian’s photography. In 2014 the Austin Chronicle named their blog one of the top ten local cooking blogs, and a year later, their blog was invited to be an official participant and recipe contributor for Expo Milano 2015. They have developed recipes for national and local brands, and their work has been featured at Huffpost, Food52, the James Beard Foundation Instagram feed, The Kitchn, Country Living, The Today Show website, and in the Austin American-Statesman, to name a few. They have given food photography workshops and cooking and photography classes. Ian and Mariana are happily married and live in Austin, Texas. To see more of what they are up to, visit their website, www.yes-moreplease.com.