I am a writer, researcher and reader currently based in Hanoi. Born in Germany, I migrated to Australia in the late 1980s and moved to Vietnam for the first time at the start of the millennium, taking up a position in foreign aid. After a stint back in Melbourne, I returned to Hanoi in 2008.
I have co-authored three Vietnamese cook books with my wife and chef, Tracey Lister: KOTO- A Culinary Journey Through Vietnam (2008), Vietnamese Street Food (2011) and Real Vietnamese Cooking (2014), all published by Hardie Grant (Melbourne). A collection of my articles for the periodical Vietnamese Cultural Window heve been published in book form under the title My Vietnam in March this year (The Gioi Publishing).
Articles written by me have also appeared in a range of international magazines (e.g. Delicious Magazine, Australia; Saveur, US; TAZ, Germany).