About Us

The three of us, Lindsey Moran, Denise Woolery, and Gail Kearns, are collectively known as the Gourmet Girls on Fire and we are the authors of The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook.

Lindsey Moran – Writer and Illustrator

Lindsey Moran

Lindsey Moran has been working as a production designer in the film and television industry since graduating from California Institute of the Arts in 2003. She is also the writer and illustrator of The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook.

Denise Woolery – Executive Chef

Denise Woolery

Denise Woolery is the owner of Acanthus Design and is the executive chef for The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook. Denise and Gail have compiled and tested all of the cookbook’s recipes, cooking them over campfires and on their camp stoves.

Gail Kearns – Editor-in-Chief

Gail Kearns

Gail Kearns is a Book Sherpa who has helped people through the self-publishing process for nearly twenty years, and she is also the editor-in-chief of The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook.

Gourmet Girls at Large

Gourmet Girls at Large

L to R: Lindsey Moran, Gail Kearns, Seyburn Zorthian, Yvonne Chin, Denise Woolery, Wendy Overend, Jen Shively.

Not pictured: Lyn Burich and Maury Treman.

As the three book authors, we are part of a larger group of Gourmet Girls which formed in 1996 when a couple of friends got together for a potluck dinner in Santa Barbara. Soon the group grew into a diverse and dynamic group of women sharing their culinary adventures.

We have come together every year since then for the holidays, our annual gourmet camping trip, and our well-loved summer paella party. At each gathering we bring mouthwatering dishes to share along with our laughter, our tears, our love of the outdoors and each other, as well as our mutual love of great food.

Jen Shively has a popular catering company Lunchbox Yum that provides a delectable bill of fare to residents in the community. Seyburn Zorthian is part owner of a Buttonwood Winery in Santa Ynez Valley and an extraordinary artist. Gail Kearns is a book Sherpa who helps writers make the trek from manuscript to getting published through her company To Press and Beyond. There are three landscape designers in the group, Yvonne Chin of Yvonne Chin Landscape Architects, Maury Treman of LandEscapes, and Denise Woolery of Acanthus Design. All three design landscapes for the many spectacular homes in and around Santa Barbara and all of Southern California. Lyn Burich is a civil engineer and a surfing instructor for our wounded and recovering veterans. Wendy Overend is our PhD from South Africa as well as owning her own small business Dodo Blue, and Lindsey Moran is a film and TV production designer.

Together we make up the Gourmet Girls at Large!