J. Henley

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Greenville, South Carolina
Western Colorado University
Baking Techniques, Cooking For Crowds, Southern Recipes
  • Jennifer's fondness for school food led to creating innovative and healthy recipes for colleges and private schools in South Carolina.
  • She earned a journalism degree as a pastry chef's assistant in Gunnison, Colorado, where she learned to laminate croissants by hand, decorate pastries and cakes, and shape thousands of bagels in a high-altitude setting.
  • Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Jennifer grew up around a big family full of seasoned cooks who taught her the art of growing vegetables and preparing classic Southern recipes for large groups of family and friends.


Jennifer has been a freelance writer since 2003 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 for an essay about her life as a chef's wife. She was the managing editor of an alt-weekly in Huntsville, Alabama, before reporting for and editing newspapers in South and North Carolina. Adding food writing to her resume was an easy transition since she's worked in professional kitchens for most of her career. Jennifer has written about food politics for Civil Eats and contributed recipe tutorials for WonderHowTo and Bham Now. In 2014, she founded the food and lifestyle blog Radiclet. She currently freelances as a digital content creator.


Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from Western Colorado University.
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