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. Since then, it has become a place that’s changed both of our lives, particularly by bringing us together. After a few friendly email exchanges, one unforgettable January meeting, and a year of long distance, Shanna moved to Nashville in early 2011; we got married six months later. Now we spend our days working from home, cooking and blogging together about our love of real foods and each other.
We even published an ebook about it.
(We think Grandma would have liked that.)
If you want the longer version, download the full story!
or for more information:
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 more about our married life. 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?
Shanna’s the writer, and Tim’s more Web-savvy, but everything else we do together (in fact, even these tasks overlap). We both test and create recipes; we both shoot photos; we both are involved in all aspects of the site.
What If I’m New?
There’s an index of recipes, months of archives (see the footer). 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 Eat? Is This a [Gluten-Free/ Paleo / WAPF / Vegetarian/ Etc.] Blog or What?
If we were sitting down for coffee and you were asking us how we eat, we’d probably say something about real food. What we mean by that is we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, with ancient grains (often soaked, sprouted, or sourdough), raw dairy, pastured meats and unrefined sugars mixed in alongside. It’s not that big of a deal to us and certainly not something we want to create division between us and new friends at a party, but nonetheless we’ve noticed this often feels like a big deal to the people around us. So: we don’t eat this way because we’re elitist but because we genuinely believe it’s best for our overall well-being. We feel better and think better when we know what we’re eating and how it’s been made. What Tim always says is that we want to eat in a way that best helps us to love our families, work and serve others well. So while this blog is less about food and more about the lives that surround it, whole foods are the kinds of foods you’ll see.
For a longer version of why we eat this way, you could download our ebook, which, along with telling you how the blog started and how we met through it, tells Shanna’s story of changing her diet as a result. It’s not terribly specific, however, so if you have other questions or want to talk about digestive diseases or diet choices or something else, you’re always welcome to contact us.
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. She usually writes about social media and marketing and B2B topics that never come up at a dinner party, but she’d love to move towards more food-centric writing in time. She also feels it’s worth mentioning that she’s not a proofreader, if only to explain the typos you inevitably find here from time to time. 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.
Do You Have Advice for Someone Who Wants to Start a Blog?
Yes! Read it here.
What Hosting Company Do You Use?
Our site is run with free WordPress software hosted with
Bluehost PRO A Small Orange VPS hosting package. Shanna went with Bluehost when she first launched the site in 2008, and we upgraded to the PRO package in 2012, and then to ASO VPS in 2013. The rates for different levels of growth are pretty reasonable for both companies, and the Live Chat support has come in handy more than once (A Small Orange has stellar support). And as stated above, if you want to start your own site, we wrote a little bit more about the process 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.
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?
If it is personal, almost always, yes. If it is solicitation, maybe.
- “Tim and Shanna’s Anniversary Greenville Getaway,” VisitGreenvilleSC.com // October 2013
- “Food Loves Writing,” Contributor at Wolf Tree Journal // September 2013
- “8 Must-Try Pancake Recipes,” Parade.com // September 2013
- “10 Ways to Sneak Vegetables into Your Kid’s Dessert,” Wet Paint Moms // September 2013
- “At the Table With…Shanna Mallon of Food Loves Writing,” PAPER/PLATES // August 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
- “Shannalee Shares Fun Recipes for Kids,” Mommypage // March 2013
- “Food Blog Fav,” Alimentum Journal // March 2013
- “The Taste of Pumpkin,” Delighted Magazine // Autumn 2012
- “Top 100 Food Blogs,” Psychology of Eating // October 2012
- “Tarts, Biscuits, and Breads: 10 Baked Recipes with Tomatoes,” The Kitchn // October 2012
- Syndicated blogger at BlogHer Food, July 2012
- “Southern Cooking, Bloggers’ Best,” Publix Greenwise Magazine // Summer 2012
- “Kitchen of the Week: Simple Style Fuels Creativity,” Houzz.com // June 2012
- “Look! Cauliflower Pizza Crust!” The Kitchn // May 2012
- Blogger of the Month at Poor Taste Mag // February 2012
- “Beyond Cabbage: 5 Festive Fall Slaw Recipes,” The Kitchn // October 2011
- “9 Ways to Eat Your Veggies in Your Dessert,” The Kitchn // May 2011
- “Thanksgiving Morning: 10 Easy Breakfast Recipes,” TheKitchn // May 2011
- “What Are You?” Remedy Quarterly: Issue 4 // March 2011
- “20 Best Blogs for Holiday Recipes,” Culture Mob // 2010
- “Blueberry-nana Smoothie,” Thinkfood // 2010
- “Craving: A Really Good Meatloaf Sandwich,” The Kitchn // April 2010
- 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, January 2010
- Guest post featured at The Kitchn, December 2009
- “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 // December 2009
- Photo featured in Travel + Leisure // December 2009
- 2009 Blog Envy contest, Bon Appetit // November 2009
- Interview, 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 // August 2009
- Interview, DePaul University alumni blog // July 2009
- “Ever eloquent,” — blog of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel // May 2009
- Best Food Writing: January 2009, Houston Foodie // January 2009
- Showcased at FoodShots: Roasted Lemon-Garlic Green Beans in September 2009 and Apple Tart Cake in October 2009