Jen Wheeler

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Portland, OR
Food Hacks, How To, Cookbooks
  • Jen was the managing editor at Chowhound, where she wrote hundreds of articles on various subjects from her love of Fudgie the Whale to how to cook on vacation without wishing you'd just stayed home.
  • Jen dreamed of being a food writer from the moment she found dozens of back issues of Gourmet in her grandmother's basement at 10 years old and realized her two greatest loves could be combined (and potentially pay a living wage to boot).
  • Jen still reads cookbooks for fun and is constantly trying (and tweaking) new recipes.


Jen finds it hard not to believe in fate at least a little bit, ever since her customer support job led directly to an opportunity to work at Chowhound. There, she got to live her childhood dream and write articles about everything from the ritual of eating blue crabs and the emotional resonance of scrapple to the origins of odd food names and the history of figgy pudding. She was eventually promoted to managing editor and constantly pinched herself. Now, she's pursuing freelance writing while devoting more time to fiction on the side, and hopes to publish her first novel someday soon. You can also find her work on CNET and Greatist.
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