New Pen & Fork Site Launches

For the past decade or so, I’ve written articles, recipes and cooking tips for my Pen & Fork website. A little more than two years ago, I started blogging at

This summer, I decided it was time to merge the two together to create one robust site. is the result of that effort. Let me take you on a tour, starting with the logo that more clearly illustrates what I do: I am a professional food writer. I eat. I write. I share.

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

The journey begins with a fork…

The Navigation bar:

Home: Find the most recent post featured at the top of the page, followed by previews of five previous posts.

About: Learn more about my background (for example, where I went to culinary school and who I write for) and see who else contributes to Pen & Fork.

Cookbooks: I’ve written three cookbooks, and this page tells you about each one and how to purchase them.

Recipes: Find an index of the recipes on the site, grouped into categories like appetizers and side dishes. There are 101 recipes at the moment, but it will continue to grow.

Tips: As a professionally trained chef and former cooking teacher, I have lots of cooking tips — from how to make mandarin orange dust or grind cardamom seeds to what to do with celeriac root or spaghetti squash.

Restaurant Journal: I am also a professional food critic in Phoenix, Arizona, so I have an affinity for dining out. Find articles about restaurant topics ranging from tipping to service to money saving tips.

Links: Find out what blogs I read. They’re grouped by general food blogs, food sites and local Phoenix blogs and media sites.

Browse By Category:

In addition to the navigation links of recipes, tips and restaurant journal, there are three more categories:

Book & Product Reviews: We receive cookbooks to review from publishers, and periodically we find one that we think you’ll like as much as we do, so we test a recipe and write a short synopsis. We also tell you about kitchen tools and other related products in this section.

News & Nibbles: Find news stories about events, places and people in the food scene in this section.

Travel Eats: Take a look at the restaurants we’ve discovered during our travels to other cities and even other countries, from Portland, Oregon to Venice, Italy.

Come along…

We’re always looking for ways to improve, so let us know what you think about the topics we’re covering and if there’s something else you’d like to see here.

Sign up for the RSS feed, follow @chefgwen on twitter, hit the ‘like’ button on Pen & Fork’s Facebook page.

If you’d like more recipes, tips and food stories delivered to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter over there in the right column.

In other words, we invite you to come along with us on this culinary  journey — just don’t forget your fork.

7 replies
  1. Marianne Belardi
    Marianne Belardi says:

    ♥ First class all the way — just like you! How brilliant to begin with a primer telling us exactly what’s here & how to find it. Stunning photos, par usual. Love, an adoring fan ♥

  2. Your Dad
    Your Dad says:

    I agree totally with Marianne and Debbie. It’s classy. As Marianne said: “Just like you.” And that’s no bull. It’s fabulous. Looks great. I continue to be amazed by your talent. You really have a remarkable talent, and I’m proud of you. Dad

    • Gwen Ashley Walters
      Gwen Ashley Walters says:

      Dad, I love you. Thanks for taking time to respond. And for the record, I have you, and countless red-lined articles, to thank for my meager writing skills.


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