Food and travel. Individually, they make up two of life's greatest pleasures; when these two worlds intersect, magical things happen. Such is the life of author/journalist and former Asia correspondent for Gourmet, Karen Coates.

Rambling Spoon is equal parts travel log, recipe blog and anthropologic notebook. Her posts take readers to far-flung lands, where dishes like Burmese Mutton Ball Curry, Khmer Fish with Tamarind Sauce and Kusherie (an Egyptian rice and lentil dish) are the norm - all through a National Geographic-style lens keen on preserving our planet's health.

"Food is life—and death. It is history and culture, war and peace. It is our past and it is our future. Food is who and what we are," Karen writes on her blog. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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