Valerie Phillips of Kaysville, Utah was the food editor at both Salt Lake City’s Deseret News 2000 and the Ogden Standard-Examiner.
Her culinary background comes from many life experiences — growing up on a farm, working in a restaurant, trial-and-error home cooking, living in the Middle East and travel to 18 different countries. Having visited 43 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, she has a special interest in regional cooking.
Her book, Dining By The Decades: Foods That Defined the 20th Century, was published in 2000. She has received awards from the Association of Food Journalists, the American Medical Writers Association, Writer’s Digest Magazine, Society of Professional Journalists, Beehive Chefs Association of the American Culinary Federation, and the Utah-Idaho Press Association.