Jennifer Farley of Savory Simple
Photo Credit: Katherine Frey / The Washington Post

Hi! I’m Jen. I have a slightly embarrassing obsession with food. It consumes my life in many ways: cooking, learning, trying new cuisines, and traveling the world in search of new culinary experiences.

It is for this reason that I decided to change career paths and dive headfirst into the food industry.

I graduated from L’Academie de Cuisine in 2010 and have been cooking and baking professionally ever since. I’ve worked as a line cook, pastry chef and cooking instructor.

I’m now a full time recipe developer, food photographer, and blogger living in Washington DC. I published my second cookbook on October 25, 2016.

When I’m not in the kitchen, I can be found hanging out with my husband Jeff, heckling my cat Sofi, or trying to burn off cupcake calories at spin class or hot yoga. I also love painting with acrylics and experimenting with skincare products. I have a weird obsession with sunscreen.

Savory Simple focuses on well-tested, reliable recipes and tutorials for the home cook.

My recipes range from beginner to advanced. I aim for beautiful presentation, and to get the best flavors out of each dish. My goal is to help you become confident and fearless in the kitchen!

On this website you’ll find everything from classic recipes like guacamole and perfect soft-boiled eggs, to more advanced recipes such as my chocolate espresso layer cake. I also share homemade pantry staples you would normally buy at the store like buttermilk ranch dressing and yogurt.

I’m slowly building up an arsenal of tutorials and ingredient guides so you can better understand the how and why of certain techniques.

I thoroughly test each recipe you’ll find on the blog. Ingredient quality is important to me, because it can seriously impact the flavor, texture, and even the color of recipes. Chocolate, vanilla and cheese are perfect examples of this.

I believe that with some basic techniques and a willingness to experiment, anyone can be an amazing cook.

Freelance Work and Features

I’ve written a weekly newsletter for The Washington Post Food Section, and contribute content to online food publications like The Kitchn, eHow, Food52, and Parade Magazine.

You can check out my photography portfolio at Jennifer Farley Photography.

I’ve been featured by Food & Wine, Yahoo Food, Mashable, and Huffington Post, as well as other publications.

Jennifer Farley taking photos

What photography equipment do you use?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and alternate between several lenses:

  • 50mm/1.4
  • 35mm/1.4
  • 100mm/2.8 macro
  • 27-70mm/f2.8
  • 85mm/1.8

I also use a Manfrotto 190XPROB 3-Section Aluminum Pro Tripod with a Ball Head. I do post production editing in Photoshop CC.

Do you write sponsored posts?

I am open to writing sponsored posts on a limited basis. I prefer working with base ingredients such as produce, grains, meats, dairy, eggs, pasta, and alcohol.

I also occasionally write travel reviews. Contact me for more information. My media kit is available upon request.

Can I send you a free sample of my product?

I don’t accept free samples. I am very flattered by your interest, so thank you!

Are you accepting guest bloggers?

I’m not accepting any guest bloggers at this time, sorry.

Are you available for freelance recipe development, food photography and paid guest blogging on other websites?

I am! Let’s talk.


My Top 15 Favorite Recipes on Savory Simple

(last updated 5/29/18)

People often ask me what my favorite recipes are. It’s not an easy question, but I’ve pulled together a list of some of what I personally love to make again and again. In no particular order: