Karen Coates

Chiang Mai

Photograph by Jerry Redfern

Karen got hooked on Asia when a grad school fellowship took her to Vietnam a decade ago. She has been nibbling her way through the region ever since and now covers Southeast Asia for Gourmet from her base in Chiang Mai. Karen is the author of Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (McFarland & Co., 2005) and co-author of this fall’s Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo across the World’s Largest Ocean. Karen can also be found at her blog, Rambling Spoon.

Karen Coates on gourmet.com

chefs + restaurants

Eight Great Street-Food Vendors in Southeast Asia

Here are eight Asian spots the locals love just as much as visitors.
travel + culture

Asia’s Dirty Little Secret

What do we do about kitchen smoke, the problem that won’t go away?
travel + culture

Travel Smart: Southeast Asia’s Colonial Past

Gourmet’s Asia correspondent seeks out the romance of a bygone era in Singapore, Cambodia, and Burma.
travel + culture

Recipes from the Southeast Asian Homelands

Two new cookbooks document the beloved foods that Hmong and Burmese immigrants left behind.
travel + culture

The Wurst of Wisconsin

There are only two ways to grill a proper Wisconsin brat—the Sheboygan way and the wrong way.
food + cooking

Eight Great Things to do with a Lime

Asian countries have a way with this citrus fruit, and it’s a shame not to share.
travel + culture

Busted in Burma

Gourmet’s Asia correspondent gets booted out of Myanmar, possibly for grocery shopping.
travel + culture

A Sunny Tour of Northern Thailand

What you get when you combine a top Portland restaurateur with a keen local cook.
travel + culture

The General’s Tea

How the Kuomintang brought a favored drink to northern Thailand.
travel + culture

Prem Lessons

A Thai academy teaches kids to cook from the ground up.
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