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I grew up north of Seattle, studied at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and then hit the road. The next four years were spent traveling in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and Asia.

After those years of constant roaming, when food was as much of the joy and discovery as the people and places, I settled in London to do graduate work at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

There, in the kitchen of a shared Hampstead residence hall, I met another foreign post-grad, a Catalan woman. When she returned home to Barcelona to do her PhD, I followed. That was 1996. We married not long after, and for most of the time since then we have lived here. We have two young girls. Barcelona is home, though I continue to travel widely and frequently.

Along with my four cookbooks and two non-fiction works, I have written, mostly about food and travel, for many magazines and newspapers, including Saveur, Food & Wine, Gourmet (RIP), NPR.org, nationalgeographic.com, EatingWell, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly on-line, Christian Science Monitor, Dwell, Virtuoso Life, Aramco World, Destinasia, and Afar.

Darjeeling won the 2016 IACP award for literary food writing and a Gourmand Best in the World prize for book on tea. Where the Wild Coffee Grows will be published by Bloomsbury in November 2017.

For me food is an ideal subject because writing about it is writing about culture. It is the window through which almost any story can be told.

All text and images are ©Jeff Koehler 2007-2009 and cannot be used without his written permission.