Love and Olive Oil

About Us

About Lindsay and Taylor

Hello and welcome to Love and Olive Oil! We’re Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth, the Nashville-based husband and wife team bringing the perfect combination of sweet and savory to the dinner table.

We share a mutual love of cooking, and found that it was much more enjoyable (and affordable!) for us to cook for ourselves instead of going out to eat. We’re all about food that is approachable but still impressive, unique and creative yet still true to its culinary roots. Honest food. Real food. Good food.

When Love & Olive Oil first began in 2007, it was simply an outlet to share and save recipes and to document the meals we made together. We felt that starting a blog would let us share our delectable finds with you, and maybe inspire you to create something good in your own kitchen. In that respect, the blog serves as our personal cookbook of sorts, featuring recipes from many different cuisines, both savory and sweet, as well as random musings and food-centric travel features.

Lindsay’s first cookbook, titled The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, was released on June 5, 2012 to rave reviews from cookie dough lovers around the world. The couple’s second book, a joint endeavor entitled Breakfast For Dinner, was published in February 2013 by Quirk Books. Lindsay’s third title, a self-published cookbook entitled That’s My Jam, was released in print in 2023.

Our Cooking Philosophy

On this blog you’ll find plenty of easy and delicious recipes, both sweet and savory, as well as impressive desserts and unique treats to flex your baking know-how.

We’re lovers of flavor. Of color. Of unique ingredients and interesting techniques and daring decorations to produce dishes and desserts with a little something… extra. So rather than just a plain chocolate cake (although I’ve got one of those that’s to die for), you’ll find a boozy chocolate cake made with red wine and blackberry jam or a three-layer masterpiece of chocolate and pistachio; instead of plain chocolate chip cookies, I’ve got a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with olive oil instead of butter, and oh-so-decadent ganache-stuffed chocolate chip cookies that will satisfy every craving (and then some).

We’re self taught cooks, learning from experience and sharing our knowledge with you (in other words, we make the mistakes so you don’t have to). Our recipes are tried and tested, and our instructions veering almost too thorough (if there is such a thing), with plenty of helpful information, step by step photos, and links to the ingredients and equipment you’ll need to succeed in the kitchen.

Where to Start

If you’re new here, there’s no better place to start than our recipe index. You can browse by course or by season, or even by individual ingredient (if you have a few extra egg whites to use, for instance, I’ve got you covered).

If you love to cook you should definitely check out our cookbooks (as amazing as the Internet is for recipes there’s something so satisfying about cooking from a physical book, don’t you agree?)

We have a huge library of freebies and printables, from printable jam labels to homemade vanilla extract labels to gift tags for homemade biscotti… as a graphic designer by trade, I absolutely love creating professional-looking tags and labels to give the perfect finishing touch to your delectable creations!

Also be sure to check out our FAQ page for more info and answers to common questions (like can I substitute X? What kind of salt do you use? Etc. etc.) before you start baking.

More About Us

When we’re not blogging, cooking or doing dishes as a result of that cooking, we keep busy with our web and graphic design business, Purr Design.

We’ve been married since June 2009 (want to see pics? check ’em out!), though we’ve been together for much longer than that (can you say, high school sweethearts?)

About Lindsay (by Taylor)

Lindsay is what you’d call creative, you know, the type that leaves smatterings of paint and cookie crumbs everywhere she goes. She is the perfect combination of order and chaos that keeps me grounded. Her favorite color is lime green, which is obvious if you’ve seen the lime green mixer, towels, and dishes in the kitchen.

About Taylor (by Lindsay)

Taylor loves guitars, coffee, and Tom Petty, and hates it when I bake things (because he knows he’ll be picking up my crumbs). He’s a typical neat-freak and perfectionist, but when you’re as disorganized as I am, it is always nice to have someone to whip you into shape. Maybe that is why we are so compatible.

Taylor Headshot with a camera in Venice.

In the Media

Love & Olive Oil has been featured in online media outlets including Evite, AOL, The Kitchn, PBS, Huffpost Taste, and The Daily Meal, as well as in several local publications including The Tennessean, Nashville Lifestyles, YOUR Williamson, and The Local Palate magazine. Lindsay has also appeared nationally on QVC’s In the Kitchen with David, BetterTV, Martha Stewart Radio, and Daybreak USA. 

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