Travel, food and lifestyle journalist Richard Sterling is one of the foremost practitioners of the "literature of gusto." Originally from Northern California he spent many years as a sailor, an engineer and a diarist before taking up the pen professionally.
The author of more than a dozen books, he has been honored by the James Beard Foundation for his food writing, and he holds the Lowell Thomas Award and the ForeWord Award for travel literature. The New York Times book page dubbed him "Indiana Jones of Gastronomy" for his willingness to "go anywhere and court any danger" for the sake of a good meal and a good story. He is also the principal author of Lonely Planet's award winning World Food series.
He currently resides in Cambodia. Prior to that he lived and wrote in Vietnam where his food and drink column "Sterling's Saigon" appeared monthly in Asia Life magazine for 48 months. His website is at http://richardsterling.me/