Hi, we’re Shanna and Tim Mallon. Food Loves Writing is the literary food blog—about food and about everything else—that Shanna started back in 2008, on the anniversary of the day her grandma passed away, and since then, it has become a place that’s changed our lives—bringing us together to enjoy a lifestyle of eating whole foods, in Nashville, learning about our Creator as we practice creating, in our first years together as husband and wife.
We even published a book about it.
We think Grandma would have liked that.
How Can I Contact You?
Email us here.
What Can I Expect Here?
Essays about food and about everything else—like a post about creamsicles that’s really about tuning in to truth, or a recipe for cauliflower pizza crust that tells you what a good husband I have. Recipes are made with whole, natural ingredients, from buckwheat ginger cookies to baked tilapia to fork-tender grass-fed pot roast that will change your world.
You do the blog together now? So who does what?
While it’s true that Shanna’s voice is the one you’ll hear most often in posts and that Tim’s the one who handles most of the Web maintenance, everything happening here is now a joint effort. We both shoot the photos, we both cook the recipes, we both can easily talk for hours about blogs and recipes and social media. This is our project together now, and in a lot of ways, it’s hard to say where one part ends and the other begins.
What If I’m New?
There’s an index of recipes, months of archives (see the sidebar on the main page). You can check out some of our travel posts through links above, whether it’s a trip to Portland, Oregon, a few days at a salad summit in Monterey or a night at an Atlanta B&B.
What Do You Do for a Living? Is the Blog Your Job?
Since July 2010, Shanna has worked as a self-employed copywriter, mostly for clients still in Chicago, where she used to live. Tim works for a Nashville personal training studio, as well as for the occasional extra client here and there doing Web work or building custom WordPress sites (like this one). In our dreams, we own an entire orchard of fruit trees, live off the land and keep a personal retreat in the woods where people can come and eat and be nourished.
What Hosting Company Do You Use?
Our site is run with free WordPress software under a Bluehost PRO hosting package. I’ve been with Bluehost for almost five years, and we upgraded to the PRO package in 2012. Their rates are pretty reasonable, and the Live Chat support has come in handy more than once. We’re actually BlueHost affiliates now—if you want to start your own site, you can follow the super user-friendly instructions through our link here.
So You Guys Are Freelancers. Can I Hire You?
We’d love to chat. Reach out through our connect page.
Where Do You Live? I Thought You Were from Chicago?
Shanna is from Chicago—born and bred in the southwest suburbs, in fact, where her family still lives. As of February 2011 though, she calls Nashville home with Tim.
How do you pronounce Shanna?
Rhymes with Donna.
What Kind of Camera Do You Use?
[Update 12/25/09]: We have a gently used Canon EOS 40D that I use mostly with a 35mm lens.
May I Use Your Photo Somewhere Else?
All photos and text on this site are protected by copyright and may not be used without permission.
Will You Review my Book? Try my Product? Visit my Restaurant?
We are always happy to hear about new places and products: just give us a shout. We don’t, however, promise to write about them, and we always give our honest opinions when we do.
Will You Respond to my E-mail?
Almost always, yes.
- Featured blogger at Mommypage | March 2013
- Featured blog at Alimentum Journal | March 2013
- Contributor to Delighted Magazine | Autumn 2012
- Syndicated at BlogHer Food, 7/20/12
- Featured blogger in Publix Greenwise Magazine, “Southern Cooking, Bloggers’ Best,” Summer 2012
- Kitchen of the Week on Houzz.com, June 2012
- Featured in a full post at The Kitchn, May 2012
- Blogger of the Month at Poor Taste Mag, February 2012
- Mentioned in a round-up post at Mentioned in a round-up post at TheKitchn, May 2011
- Contributed an essay to Remedy Quarterly: Issue 4, March 2011
- Food Loves Writing was included in Culture Mob‘s “20 Best Blogs for Holiday Recipes” 2010
- Food Loves Writing contributed a recipe to Thinkfood, a Posit Science Cookbook featuring 50 brain-healthy recipes from food bloggers.
- Food Loves Writing contributed a chapter to 55 Knives, the “collaborative project from some of the web’s top food bloggers.”
- Mentioned in a round-up post at The Kitchn, 4/15/10.
- Featured at ReadyMade.com, 2/22/10.
- Food Loves Writing contributed a chapter to Hope for Haiti, a collaborative project from 71 bloggers, where all profits went to the Red Cross for food relief in Haiti.
- “[Shannalee's]..writing…is like a ripe peach at full blush — lush and irresistible. Part of Shannalee’s appeal is how intimate her voice is. Whether you are reading her blog for the first time or the fiftieth, the feeling is that she is confiding just to you a discovery or a family treasure…Oh, and her photographs? Let’s just say they leave me hungry and happy, too,”—Sarah McColl, Pink of Perfection, 1/21/10.
- Featured in “Best of the Blogs” roundup at Food News Journal, 4/16/10, 3/18/10, 2/17/10, 1/26/10, 1/13/10, 1/5/10 and 12/24/09.
- Guest post featured at The Kitchn, 12/14/09.
- “Not since Georgia O’Keefe has one woman made inanimate objects seem quite so sensuous and alive…She makes you feel like you’d just love to sit down over a plate of blueberry waffles and spill all your dirty details.” —Uptake.com and MatadorLife.com, 12/11/09.
- Photo featured in Travel + Leisure, December 2009.
- Bon Appetit invited Food Loves Writing to participate in its 2009 Blog Envy contest, November 2009. Featured photo and link to Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies.
- Shannalee was interviewed at Gapers Block Drive-Thru, September 2009.
- “She had me at dry sherry, but…plays upon both food and writing like sweet and savory … Her blog is delicate but piercing. A love of eating, cooking and writing converge in her blog, expressed with awareness of all things around her.” — Blog Nosh Magazine, 8/13/09.
- Shannalee was interviewed by DePaul University for alumni blog, 7/21/09.
- “Ever eloquent,” — blog of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 5/7/09.
- Best Food Writing: January 2009, Houston Foodie, 1/30/09.
- Showcased at FoodShots: Roasted Lemon-Garlic Green Beans in September 2009 and Apple Tart Cake in October 2009