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“Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.” Ecclesiastes 9:7

shanna mallon / go eat your bread with joy

Hi, I’m Shanna Mallon, a freelance copywriter in Nashville, TN. On this site, I dig into food topics–from what to bring a new mom to how far a $12 bag of cassava flour can take you–and celebrate the wonderful, ordinary pleasure of a good bite.

Why a Food Blog

While my professional background is in writing, food’s had my attention a long while. I blogged about it at another site for eight years and essentially learned how to cook as I did. Meanwhile, I met my husband, he changed my understanding of how food affects our bodies, we wrote a cookbook together, we went on lots of food excursions and, at the same time, we bought a house, flipped it and had two babies. There were days when food played center stage and days when we ate takeout on the floor in empty rooms, but I can say now with certainty the simple joy of something good to eat will never be lost on me. I’ve tasted God’s kindness in the way He designed what fuels our bodies.

What I mean is this: I’m a heady person with a grad degree and shelves of books, but when I was recovering from surgery or facing unexpected sorrow, I found there was a clarity about still needing to take food each day. When you are under a weight of suffering, and most people will be under a weight of suffering at some point, the tangibility of food is grounding. It’s a common grace that lifts the head.

So I don’t think eating is ultimate, but I do agree with J.R.R. Tolkien, where he writes, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

I don’t know what your life looks like right now or how food factors into it, but I hope this site can be a grace God uses to lift your head and make you merry. Even in the small and simple reality of food. Get excited about bread-baking. Come learn some simple facts about health. Join me as I dig into questions with a basic, but scientific approach.

Do you have a kitchen question you’d like explored? Reach out anytime!

What can you expect here?

Want to know a little more about me?

I’m a professional writer. Since 2010, I’ve been a freelancer and, since 2011, a freelance copywriter in Nashville, TN, writing about everything from special education to manufacturing parts. I started food blogging before food blogging was mainstream and maintained another site for eight years. I also co-authored The Einkorn Cookbook (Fair Winds Press, 2014), created with my husband, Tim. I live in Nashville, in a mid-century fixer-upper, with Tim and our two small kids.

My writing has been featured by The Kitchn, MSN.com, Everyday Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz.com, Food News Journal, Food52, Zeit Magazine, Mom.me, Babble, Delish.com, Parade, Foodista, Entrepreneur and Ragan PR. I’ve created recipes and shot photos for brands such as Larabar, Kroger and Aldi/Bon Appetit. 

Let’s connect!

So that’s me. Who are you, and what’s your story? Feel free to reach out anytime, or follow me on Instagram to participate in the many food-related polls I’m posting in Stories. Sometimes these polls even become infographics.

Ready to start reading? Go to the blog.

 

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