About the Rambler



Welcome to my ramblings on dinner & drink, people & places, our planet’s health & the future of food. I’m a journalist, author and media trainer. My kitchen forever smells of garlic and curry. And much like my mother, I start thinking of dinner long before breakfast….

PIG STORIES: The Last Squeal

WARNING: Some readers might find the following photos offensive. This is the third in a three-part series on the lives and deaths of Asian pigs. Read about a Cambodian pig slaughter in The Faster Times. In much of Asia, butchery is a mundane duty, and the average villager knows precisely . . . → Ramble More: PIG STORIES: The Last Squeal

Pepper of the Earth, Salt of the Sea

Boating through Kampot

Happy Earth Day. In honor of the occasion, I’m taking you back to Cambodia, to a place I won’t see this trip, though I’ve thought of it often. It’s a place where salt and pepper meet on the edge of land and sea:

It’s just about this . . . → Ramble More: Pepper of the Earth, Salt of the Sea

The Measure of All Things Khmer

This is the last week to catch an extraordinary Reyum exhibit, Measurements in Khmer Society. It takes you through history, through the market and rice field, through sunrise and sunset, and everything between, to explain every little way in which Khmer people have measured the important stuff of life. The French introduced the meter in . . . → Ramble More: The Measure of All Things Khmer

When the Lights Go Out in Battambang

One night, the lights go out in Battambang, and we are presented with the prospect of candlelight dining. This is a throwback to years past, when generators rumbled through the dark and electricity flickered on and off. We planned a patio dinner anyway; a few flames in the breeze would . . . → Ramble More: When the Lights Go Out in Battambang

Cupids & Tigers

A Phnom Dek villager in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province picks a coconut from the tree in his front yard.

His family planned to use the coconut in a Chinese New Year cake.

Wishing you lots of love, health and happiness on this Valentine’s Day as the . . . → Ramble More: Cupids & Tigers

Beer Snacks: So Many Ways with Peanuts

Cambodia drives me to drink. Picture: riverfront sunsets with amber rays, light grazing across cocktail-hour boats and the saffron folds of a monk’s robe. Warm breeze, jasmine air. Pedicabs and pushcarts, buzzing mopeds, rumbling trucks. Kids selling postcards and photocopied books, and a seat at the sidewalk where I can watch it . . . → Ramble More: Beer Snacks: So Many Ways with Peanuts

Khmer BBQ on the Bayon Walls

We did something the other day that we hadn’t done in ages: we became tourists for a day. Just as the morning sun cast its butter-colored rays across Siem Reap, we caught a tuk-tuk to the temples. With one-day passes in our pockets, we joined the throngs at Angkor (my, how things . . . → Ramble More: Khmer BBQ on the Bayon Walls

Dinner for 1, w/Phone & Grin

So you’re a young Khmer guy in the big town of Siem Reap, and you’re out for dinner—alone. But your honey is on the phone, and your grin gives that fact away. You chat and chat with that grin real wide until the fried rice comes to the table. Then you wield . . . → Ramble More: Dinner for 1, w/Phone & Grin

Small Fish in a Big Soup

This is not the fish we had for breakfast. This happens to be a fish we had for lunch last year in a village along the Mekong. It was a big meaty snakehead, straight from the river, and our host, Monin, paid a pretty price for it. The fish above was not . . . → Ramble More: Small Fish in a Big Soup

Be Unscared: Catch the Photo Exhibit in Siem Reap

If you happen to be in the vicinity, please join us this Saturday at 4Faces Gallery in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the opening of Jerry’s new photo exhibit. “Be Unscared: A Glimpse of the Cambodian Spirit World in the Everyday,” explores the many ways in which Cambodians look to their guardians for . . . → Ramble More: Be Unscared: Catch the Photo Exhibit in Siem Reap