About PEN & FORK ®

PEN & FORK™ is a food site 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 and Publisher:

Short Version:

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

Gwen was a restaurant critic and columnist for PHOENIX Magazine for eight years. She has written for The Arizona Republic, Edible PHOENIX and Sun Valley Magazine, as well as digital-only outlets Eater.com and Thrillist.com. Her work has also appeared in Cooking Light and Sunset magazines.

Her blog, Pen & Fork has been recognized as the Best Food Blog in Phoenix twice by The Phoenix New Times. Gwen’s feature story “Saintly Stockers,” for PHOENIX Magazine won first place in the 2016 non-newspaper food feature category from The Association of Food Journalists, and 2nd place in the Arizona Press Club awards.

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

Pitching PEN & FORK:

From Gwen: “I’m an old-school journalist. It is against my ethics to accept invitations for free dinners, lunches, happy hours and such, if the public is not also invited to said event. However, I am interested in hearing about your new menus, events and promotions. I do go to new restaurants (and old restaurants) but I pay my own way. I know, it’s crazy! But my readers know that I do not write about something just because I got a free invite. So… hit me with your best news stuff. I’m all ears.

penforkpub at penandfork dot com.

Hiring Gwen as a freelance food writer:

Gwen takes food and travel writing assignments from a variety of publications. If you are interested in hiring her for your publication, email her at penforkpub at penandfork dot com.


Pen and Fork’s Cookbook Reviewer

Linda Avery wrote cookbook reviews for Pen & Fork from 2010 through 2017. She passed away in September, 2018. Her humor and wit and keen eye for cookbooks is sorely missed. Linda was a James Beard award-winning food editor for her work on Leite’s Culinaria. She was an active member and former board member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) Chicago.

Get In Touch

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Cookbooks by Gwen

The Great Ranch Cookbook
Recipes from 30 Western
Guest Ranches
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The Cool Mountain Cookbook
Recipes from 20 Top-Rated
Ski Lodges
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Par Fork! The Golf Resort Cookbook
Recipes from the Best U.S.
Golf Resorts
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