Karen Coates, an American journalist and author, has spent a dozen years covering food, environment and social issues across Asia for publications around the world. She is author of Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (2005), and co-author of Pacific Lady: The First Woman to Sail Solo Across the World's Largest Ocean (2008). Karen was Gourmet's Asia correspondent until the magazine's demise in 2009. She is a correspondent for Archaeology magazine and writes about Food Culture for The Faster Times. She is a 2010-2011 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She and her husband, photographer Jerry Redfern, split their year between travels abroad and their home in New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley. You can get a taste of Karen's food writing at http://ramblingspoon.com/blog.