Maryana Vollstedt is a native of Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in Home Economics. In 1952 she and her husband, Reed, started Reed and Cross, a small nursery and garden center in Eugene, Oregon that grew into a large retail complex that included a landscape service, florist, gift shop, clothing, gourmet cookware, wine shop, and deli. This is where Maryana started her writing career in the mid-1960s by authoring the first cookbook and manual for the Kamado barbecue. She continued to write, and self-published 15 other cookbooks on a variety of subjects.
The Vollstedts sold the store in 1979 to travel and pursue other interests. Since 1995, Maryana has written Pacific Fresh, What's for Dinner?, The Big Book of Casseroles, The Big Book of Soups & Stews, The Big Book of Breakfast, The Big Book of Potluck, The Big Book of Easy Suppers, Meatloaf, and The Big Book of Chicken, all published by Chronicle Books. These books, with practical recipes and straightforward directions, appeal to the home cook and all have been best-sellers.
She was a freelance food columnist for the Eugene Register Guard.
Present international publisher is Chronicle Books of San Francisco for:
Pacific Fresh ©1995
What's for Dinner? © 1997
The Big Book of Casseroles © 2000 - listed on the San Francisco Chronicle top 10 cookbook list 3 times in 2001 and once on the Los Angeles Times Top 10 Cookbook list in 2001
The Big Book of Soups and Stews © 2001
The Big Book of Breakfast © 2003
The Big Book of Potluck © 2003
The Big Book of Easy Suppers © 2005
Meatloaf © 2006
The Big Book of Chicken © 2008
Maryana passed away in 2017 at the age of 91.
She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.
She was active in her church and in her community as a volunteer coordinator for a middle school mentor program.