Privacy Policy & Disclosure

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Zest & Simmer uses and protects any information that you give while using

Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Zest & Simmer may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from May 27, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact me.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Recipes by Email

If you sign up for recipes by email, your email address will be stored on WordPress’s servers for the sole purpose of sending out recipes by email and other relevant content. The data will only be kept as long as you subscribe to this service. I won’t share your data with any other third parties than those used to provide this service and you can unsubscribe at any time.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

If you use the contact form in the Contact page, your email address and any other information you submit will be used solely in order to reply to your query, and kept as long as is necessary to resolve your query or deal with any other requests you make.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

You can choose to disable or selectively turn off Zest & Simmer’s cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with our site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Analytics for this website are tracked with Google Analytics, which tracks aggregated data. Any data associated with user identifiers such as cookies will be retained for no more than 26 months. All tracking is done using anonymized IP addresses, however should you wish to block tracking via Google Analytics you can install this browser add in.

You can find my analytics plugin’s privacy policy here  and Google Analytics’ privacy policy here.

If you would like to opt-out please click here to opt-out of Google Analytics.

Anonymous Data

From time to time, Zest & Simmer may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.


Zest & Simmer may use third party advertisements to support this site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise this site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google through the Google AdSense program) information. These vendors may collect non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, Web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these advertising service vendors is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and the Service Provider disclaims all liability in connection therewith.

Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative Opt Out page or by using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.


What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

• We may use the information to improve our products and services.
• To personalize your experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
• If you have registered for our email list, we may periodically send promotional emails about new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.
• When you comment on a post, we may use your email address to send a comment reply notification email.
• To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
• To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products.


We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?

We honor Do Not Track signals and Do Not Track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anybody for direct marketing purposes.
  • If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by contacting us.

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so.

Rights Related to Your Personal Information


You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in my emails. You may also request to be removed from my mailing list by  contacting me.


You may access the personal information Zest & Simmer has about you by contacting me.


You may amend or update your personal information by contacting me.


In certain situations, you may request wish that I erase or forget your personal data. You can request this by contacting me.

Please note that Zest & Simmer may need to retain certain information for record keeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.

Sensitive Personal Information

At no time should you submit sensitive personal information to the site. This includes your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health information, criminal background, or trade union memberships. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.

Children’s Information

This site does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the site has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please let me know by contacting me.. I will use my best efforts to promptly remove such information from my records.

Contact Information

At any time, you can ask questions related to this Privacy Policy by  contacting me.

Terms of Use

The content of this website is for information purposes only. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this website, users are strongly urged to confirm important information, such as (but not limited to) prices, service availability or event dates, by email or telephone. Zest & Simmer cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from any information contained in this site. Zest & Simmer disclaims all warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information contained in the materials on this website. Information on this site may be printed for personal use while keeping in mind the terms of use above.

Zest & Simmer reserves the right, in every case at its own discretion and for whatever reason, to amend content contained within this website, its corporate documentation and promotional material.

Linked Websites

This website may provide links to a number of external websites; these are provided for your convenience. These websites are not controlled by Zest & Simmer and neither Zest & Simmer or its directors nor employees assume any responsibility or liability for any material contained within such websites.

Copyright Notice

Zest & Simmer holds the copyright to this website. Zest & Simmer grants you a limited license to view this website utilizing the internet, for either personal or commercial use. You are not permitted to make copies of this website, reproduce or alter this website (including text and photos) for any purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Zest & Simmer.

Changes to this Policy

You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review this site and this policy periodically and to be aware of any modifications.  You will be notified of any changes to this privacy policy by posting those changes on this page.


From time to time, Zest & Simmer will include affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase a product through one of these links, I will receive a small compensation at no additional cost to you. Affiliate links will be specified on the page they are used.

From time to time, Zest & Simmer will post a sponsored post, meaning I will receive compensation for a post about a particular company or product. Zest & Simmer will only work with companies and products I believe in and use personally. Sponsored posts will be clearly specified. Thank you for your support.