Food Loves Writing is a food blog, yes, but it’s a personal food blog—a place where we can talk about our days as much as the food that fills them. It’s been around since 2008 and has changed our lives, mostly because of the relationships it’s formed (including ours).
We’re Tim and Shanna (update, June 2015: and Rocco!) Mallon, the bloggers behind this site. We live in Tennessee and eat real food, and we’re always up for hearing from you. This site started because Shanna had finished grad school in Chicago and wanted to practice writing, get better at cooking and honor her grandma, a woman who was happiest behind the stove. In the years that followed, it became the way her diet changed, her location changed and the two of us met and married in 2011. You can read that whole story in the ebook Written Together: A Story of Beginnings, in the Kitchen and Beyond (first chapter available here) if you’re into vulnerable personal essays sandwiched by recipes from this site.
There are lots of reasons not to blog, and, believe us, we’ve heard them, but we agree with Madeleine L’Engle that “to serve any discipline of art … is to affirm meaning, despite all the ambiguities and tragedies and misunderstandings that surround us.” This site is Shanna’s discipline of art. It’s our joint project. And, for now, we plan to keep chugging away at this thing called food blogging as long as it makes sense.
Read some favorites: for Caroline, the first year, The Wedding: 10.15.11, Honeymoon in Kauai, Carrot Risotto or, Choosing Whom You Cook With, Kale and Eggs or, Why You Should Start a (Food) Blog, Maple Ginger Tea Lattes, Sweet Potato Gnocchi in Brown Butter Sauce, Sauteed, Garlicky Beet Greens, Day Trip: Asheville, Our First House–One Year Later.
- What do you eat? The short version is real food. The long version is here.
- How do you say Shanna? It rhymes with Donna!
- How can I start a blog? We’ve set up a page with some advice here.
- Can I hire you? Yes! Shanna works from home as a freelance writer, and we both take on recipe development and photography jobs from time to time. Our work has been featured in The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, and Bon Appetit, among others. Contact us to discuss ways we can help you with a project!
- What’s Tim’s story? Is he into nutrition? This question’s worth answering because it’s the story of how we met. First interested in whole foods and nutrition because of personal research after his mom passed away in 2002, Tim (and now both of us) has seen firsthand the beauty and power of fresh foods eaten in their original forms. So when he saw a Chicago food blogger writing about digestive problems, he shot her an email, and that email led to a first meeting, which led to a long-distance relationship, which led to the family Mallon blogging here today. Today, he develops recipes, shoots photos and does behind-the-scenes work on this blog.
- What hosting company do you use? Our WordPress site is hosted with A Small Orange VPS , which has stellar support.
- What kind of camera do you use? We have a gently used Canon EOS 40D and a Canon 5D that we use mostly with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 .
- Is it OK if I use one of your photos somewhere else? All photos and text on this site are protected by copyright and may not be used without permission.
- Will you respond to my email? If it is personal, almost always, yes. If it is solicitation, maybe.
We’ve been blogging long enough to know that building followers isn’t the way to success, and we’re much happier sitting down with one or two real-talking folks than we are going on about awards and accolades, but since people like to know where else you’ve published work and who’s talking about it and how, here are some recent press mentions to check out.
- “The Best Thanksgiving Desserts,” Mom.Me / November 2015
- Feed 4 for $10 Challenge, BonAppetit.com // November 2015
- “25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make in a Crockpot,” MSN.com // November 2015
- “8 Fun & Fancy Ways to Carry Your Lunch to Work,” The Kitchn // May 2015
- “22 Impressive Brunch Recipes to Try Right Now,” Babble // May 2015
- “16 Classy Cream Puff Desserts,” Delish.com // February 2015
- “6 Creative Ways to Use Up Your Winter Squash,” Everyday Health // February 2, 2015
- Food Blog of the Day, Foodista // June 7, 2014
- “Good Stories from These Five Food Writers,” Indiana Public Media // April 27, 2014
- Instagram Follow Friday, Better Homes & Gardens // February 2014
- “Friday Finds,” Better Homes & Gardens: Delish Dish Blog // February 2014
- “Best of the Blogs,” Food News Journal // January 2014
- “8 Must-Try Pancake Recipes,” Parade.com // September 2013
- “10 Ways to Sneak Vegetables into Your Kid\’s Dessert,” Wet Paint Moms // September 2013
- “Lovely Food Sites,” Naturally Ella // August 2013
- Cook the Cover, Bon Appetit // July 2013
- “8 Food Blog Links We Love,” Food52 //June 2013
- “Change It Up: Einkorn Wheat Berries,” The Kitchn // April 2013
(farther-back press list here)
- Entrepreneur // 10 Words to Cut from Your Writing
- Eat This Poem // Literary City Guide: Nashville
- VisitGreenvilleSC.com // October 2013
- Deliciously Organic // May 2013
- Seed & Water // April 2013
- Golubka // April 2013
- Delighted Magazine // Autumn 2012
- BlogHer Food // July 2012
- Publix Greenwise Magazine // Summer 2012
- Remedy Quarterly: Issue 4 // March 2011
- Thinkfood // 2010
- The Kitchn // December 2009
- Foody Direct // May 2015
- PAPER/PLATES // August 2013
- Mommypage // March 2013
- Poor Taste Mag // February 2012
- Houzz.com // June 2012
- Gapers Block Drive-Thru // September 2009
- DePaul University alumni blog // July 2009