tim and shanna mallonShanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing in 2008, to chronicle cooking attempts, practice writing, and remember her grandma, who had passed away nine years before. In the years that followed, she fell in love with whole foods, as well as Tim, who emailed her one November night from his home in Nashville, Tennessee. To share the story behind the blog, Shanna published an ebook, Written Together: A Story of Beginnings, in the Kitchen and Beyond, in 2012. She holds an MA in Writing from DePaul University, and her work has been featured in The Kitchn, Better Homes & Gardens, and Bon Appetit. When she’s not cooking and blogging about life here, she works from her Nashville home as a marketing copywriter.

Tim Mallon became interested in whole foods and nutrition when he began researching health information after his mom passed away in 2002. Discovering firsthand the beauty and power of fresh foods eaten in their original forms, he found himself fascinated by how what we eat affects our bodies and why. 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 his marriage to Shanna in October 2011. Today, he develops recipes, shoots photos and does behind-the-scenes work on this blog.

Nashville food bloggers Shanna and Tim recently published The Einkorn Cookbook (Fair Winds Press, December 2014).

“To serve any discipline of art … is to affirm meaning, despite all the ambiguities and tragedies and misunderstandings that surround us.” Madeleine L’Engle


  • 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! Contact us to discuss ways we can help you with copywriting, photography, or recipe development.
  • 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.


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