Pen & Fork…

Pen & Fork™ is a food blog about cooking and eating — at home and in restaurants — and everywhere in between.

Find recipes, cooking tips, cookbook reviews, practical how-to cooking techniques plus articles on the latest food trends and other culinary finds.

Gwen Ashley Walters, Editor & Publisher:

Short Version:

Gwen Ashley Walters is a food journalist, a professionally trained chef, a Certified Culinary Professional and author of three award-winning cookbooks. She writes about food for a number of publications.

Long version:

Born to journalist parents, it was only a matter of time before Gwen settled into a rewarding food writing career.

An honors graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, she honed her cooking skills in commercial kitchens such as the renowned Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona before trading her chef’s knife for a pen.

Author of three award-winning cookbooks featuring renowned U.S. resorts, she has taught cooking classes across the country and her recipes have been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines.

A former restaurant critic, she writes monthly food stories for PHOENIX Magazine, including a themed restaurant column and a local product column.

She has written restaurant critiques for PHOENIX Magazine and The Arizona Republic, and her recipes and articles have appeared in national magazines such as Cooking Light and Sunset. She was a features writer for Edible PHOENIX for eight years. She has reported on the Phoenix dining scene for and Grub Street New York. Gwen is also a contributing author to the cookbook Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods (2010).

Her blog, Pen & Fork has been recognized as the Best Food Blog in Phoenix twice by The Phoenix New Times.

Gwen is an active member of the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ); the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP); and Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI).

Pen & Fork’s Cookbook Reviewer:

Linda Avery is a James Beard award-winning former food editor. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), and splits her time between Chicago and Arizona. Linda has been writing cookbook reviews for Pen & Fork since 2010.

Pen & Fork Awards: 


In 2013, The Phoenix New Times awarded Pen & Fork the Best Food Blog in Phoenix.

In 2011, the Phoenix New Times awarded Pen & Fork

the Best Food Blog in Phoenix.


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