Darlene has taught cooking and writing extensively. Many of her students have been, in fact, from Thailand. While she enjoys immersing herself in the total cooking experience, nurturing her creations from garden to table, she is also a master at simplifying recipes for those new to Thai cooking. She has released a cookbook: Knack Thai Cooking: A Step-by-Step Guide to Authentic Dishes Made Easy (Knack: Make It easy, 2009) available from Amazon.com and major bookstores (or better yet, get all the recipes updated and more for free online at http://thaifood.about.com/).
Darlene Anne Schmidt holds a Master of Arts degree in Composition. She has studied Thai cooking both in Thailand and in Canada, and is a published author across various genres, including 'Knack Thai Cooking: A Step-by-Step Guide to Authentic Dishes Made Easy', available through Amazon.com and major bookstores throughout the US.
While I have always enjoyed cooking, it was one epiphanic moment seated on a beach in Thailand slurping Tom Yum soup, experiencing the taste explosion of Thai spices in my mouth, that inspired me to pursue and promote Siamese cuisine. Nothing, in my opinion, can rival the exquisite taste of Thai food which reflects the complex culture of this ancient 6000-year-old land of friendly, soft-spoken people.