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{About the Book}

A year into her Chicago-area office job, Shanna Mallon realized that the thing she enjoyed most about her new real estate marketing career wasn’t the copywriting; it was choosing what to order for lunch each day. So in August 2008, she started her blog, Food Loves Writing, partly to escape her boring cubicle and partly as homage to her grandma, the woman who had taught her how to bake and, who had died exactly nine years earlier, to the day.

Armed with a love of eating but little knowledge of what to do with it, she poured herself into restaurant reviews, family stories, failed attempts at pumpkin pies. She told readers about a childhood of baking cookies with her grandma and of a hunger in her heart that reached deeper than food. Over time, what began as a fun distraction soon blossomed into a rich community—and through the blog, she finds herself, today, living a completely different lifestyle of eating whole, natural foods; residing in Nashville, Tennessee; and, mostly, sharing it all with the love of her life, her now-husband, Tim, whom she first met in an email.

In Written Together: A Story of Beginnings, in the Kitchen and Beyond, Mallon tells the story of a twenty-something girl longing for change but afraid of it, the story of a girl learning to trust—and along the way, she shares the recipes she’s using, from homemade orange basil creamsicles to grass-fed meatballs to pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.