Jen Karetnick is an award-winning food, travel, and lifestyle freelance writer, dining critic, recipe developer, and appliance tester with 3 decades of experience. She is the author/co-author of 21 books, including four cookbooks and four guidebooks. In addition to writing about food, Jen is a keen gardener. She farmed a historic backyard mango grove for two decades before moving to another historic home in a nearby bird sanctuary, where she now grows citrus and vegetables.

Experience: Jen worked for nearly a decade as the features editor for Wine News, an international niche publication, and for five years as the food editor for three regional South Florida glossy magazine titles.

Jen's freelance writing has appeared widely in publications all over the world including Allrecipes, The Counter,,, HuffPost, USA Today, and countless other print outlets and online publishers. She frequently appears as a guest expert on Linda Gassenheimer's "Food News & Views" show on public radio.

Education: Jen received her undergraduate degree in English from Tufts Univesity. She continued her studies in creative writing at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Miami, where she was granted a full fellowship and teaching assistantship. Her food writing has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Food Journalists. Jen has received numerous awards for her work including Les Dames d'Escoffier International M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing and Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

Fun Allrecipes Question: Jen would be lost in the kitchen without a citrus juicer. It's so important to her to get the very last drop!

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