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At The Table With...Shanna Mallon of Food Loves Writing

Today we're chatting with Shanna Mallon, one half of the dynamic duo behind Food Loves Writing. Shanna has run this food-and-everything-else blog with her husband, Tim, since 2008. Today, the 30-year-old Nashville resident is a self-employed copywriter. The Chicago native's blog is personal, bright and full of variety. No wonder she's been featured in Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, Food52 and more.

Read on to get to know Shanna!

What is your all-time favorite book?

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake

What meal do you love to cook?

Any sort of pot pie—the flaky crust, the hot and gooey insides, the smell in the air: to me, these are pure comfort.

What is your favorite food scene from a book?

I've always liked, in The Hobbit by J. R.R. Tolkein, when Bilbo Baggins brings out tea and biscuits. There's something so cozy about being in the countryside, and in the home of a hobbit, no less!, with tea and something to snack on.

Coffee or tea?


What is the last book you abandoned?

Oh, I hate to answer this one, but I never did finish Quiet by Susan Cain. Love the premise of the book and loved Susan's TED talk, but I got lost in the book's heavy data.

Which author would you most like to meet for dinner, and what would you eat?

Sally Lloyd-Jones, who wrote The Jesus Storybook Bible and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. I'd be so interested to talk with her, I wouldn't care what we ate.

Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?

I subscribe to so many blogs, and I often turn to them and Pinterest for new ideas. I also have a library of favorite cookbooks, from The Sprouted Kitchen to An Everlasting Meal.

Tell us about your blog—what inspires it? Why do you blog? What are your favorite aspects of it?

I started my blog five years ago, on the anniversary of the day my grandma passed away. I wanted a way to remember her, and I wanted a creative outlet where I could write about more than the humdrum topics at my day job, so I started cooking and telling the Internet world about the process. Through that decision, my entire life changed, and those changes are definitely my favorite parts of the blog today: I became self-employed, met and married Tim (who runs the blog with me today), changed my diet, moved to Nashville and found some of the most likeminded souls I've been blessed to know.

What are your favorite blogs?

I have so many! I love Cranny + Me, Not Without Salt, Sprouted Kitchen, Happyolks, Happy Jack Eats, Orangette, Gluten-Free Girl, Rachel Eats, The Yellow House and too many more to list!

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