Well, hi! Hello there.
It's nice to meet you. My name is Tara O'Brady and I live in southern Ontario, Canada. I started this site in May 2005 — it was intended as my recipe file, to keep track of things as I built a life with my boyfriend. Here's the beginning. In the years since, my boyfriend has become my husband, we moved from our first apartment to our first house, welcomed our first son, moved to our second house and welcomed our second son. Through all of this, this site became about more than recipes; it's also a story of sorts, a collection of thoughts and family and food.
Then came my first cookbook, also called Seven Spoons, published by the fine folks at Ten Speed Press and Appetite by Random House in April 2015. It was an honour for it to become a national bestseller. Besides the book and the site, I am a freelance writer, including columns for The Globe and Mail.
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Places you might have seen me ...
I've written for Saveur, The Globe and Mail, Kinfolk magazine, Jamie Oliver, and Parenting.com. I was a past core contributor to UPPERCASE magazine. My recipes and photographs have also appeared in The Guardian, on Bon Appétit, Oprah.com, The Splendid Table, and Design*Sponge.
A selection of features about me and/or my work and book include The Globe and Mail, The National Post, TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, SELF, Redbook, Epicurious, Leite's Culinaria, olive magazine, Ricardo Magazine, FLARE, and Maclean's magazine. The site has been featured on Fine Cooking's Best of the Blogs, Oh Joy!, Cup of Jo, Apartment Therapy's The Kitchn, and others. I have also been interviewed on a number of national television and radio programs.
The site was nominated for best photography, best writing and best recipes for the 2010 Candian Food Blog Awards, winning in writing and recipes. It has also been nominated for multiple writing, recipe and photography awards from magazines such as Saveur and Fine Cooking. It is recommended by MSN's Delish.com, considered one of Gourmet's favourite food sites, one of Saveur.com's "Sites We Love", has been profiled by Food and Wine, and is one of Babble.coms 50 Best Mom Food Blogs, placing third in the world on their 2011 list.
Answers to often-asked questions
All images and content on this site are my own work, unless noted. If you are interested in reproducing the work, please do so with appropriate attribution. For those interested in my photography, you can read more about it in this interview.
Regarding recipes: An index of recipes featured on the site is found here.
Regarding product and book reviews: While I will now and again link to products and buisnesses I like, it is not often that I review products per se. If you represent a product you think I might be interested in trying, please email me. I do review cookbooks, choosing those that appeal to the way I cook and eat. I do not offer paid reviews, for books or products, nor do I allow for editorial input or content from outside parties. All opinions are my honest thoughts.
Regarding advertising: I do not sell advertising space on seven spoons. If you would like, you can contact me nonetheless and I will file your information in case this policy changes. Thank you so much for your interest.
Regarding link exchanges: The list that appears on the top of this page is a reflection of the sites I frequent most often and are not the result of trade. If you have a site, please feel free to introduce yourself! It's always nice to discover new reads.