About Jeanine & Jack

About Jeanine & Jack:

Hi, my name is Jeanine and I love bright seasonal food that’s very often finished with a squeeze of lemon. Hence the name. I do most of the cooking around here and my husband Jack is my #1 taste-tester. Together, we photograph our recipes from our home in Chicago, IL.

We’re not entirely vegetarian, but most of the recipes here are. I love to try new foods and create new recipes but I will always have a soft spot for avocado toast and kale salads. My favorite food on the planet is a ripe peach, and Jack’s is mushrooms (in his opinion, he’s a fun guy, get it!)

We started this blog in 2011 and have since been featured in Food & WineFood 52, Refinery29SELF Magazine, and Oprah Magazine(!), among others. Love & Lemons was named Readers Choice Best Cooking Blog by Saveur Magazine in 2014 and won an Saveur Editor’s Choice award in 2016. 

Also – our book is out! The New York Times described the book as “happiness in itself tossed in every bowl.” Bon Appétit said it was “One of the loveliest cookbooks we’ve ever seen.” Read more about The Love & Lemons Cookbook, here.

The Love & Lemons Cookbook

a few other random facts:
– We recently re-located from Austin, TX to my hometown of Chicago.
– We are travel addicts, and our recipes are often inspired by those experiences.
– Our favorite places to travel to are Italy and Japan. update: France!
– My favorite thing about living in the Midwest: summertime sweet corn
– The thing I miss most about Austin: tacos
– Jack doesn’t often cook, but he’s a master of molten chocolate cakes.
– We both hate olives I’m ok with them now, Jack isn’t convinced.
– Jack used to make video games and I used to be a graphic designer – now we blog full time!
– We are owned by 2 cute, yet very opinionated, Shiba Inus.

thanks for reading!
– Jeanine Donofrio & Jack Mathews

about us / loveandlemons.com


A food blog with fresh, zesty recipes.
Photograph of Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews in their kitchen

Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.