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Kasma Loha-unchit Kasma Loha-unchit is Thai Food and Travel. In 1985, Kasma began teaching Thai cooking and in 1986 she started leading trips to Thailand. This Web site was initially created in 1997 by her husband Michael Babcock to make her work more widely available.

On this site we have made a large body of Kasma's information on Thai food, travel and culture available as articles, recipes and ingredient descriptions. Michael has also contributed a few articles.

Because Kasma retired from classes and trips in 2020, we have left up only class menus and trip photos as a record of those events.

As for "credentials," Kasma is a native of Thailand who grew up learning to cook from her mother, a master chef. Thai people love food and are, in general, very knowledgeable about it. To this base, Kasma has added years of passionate experience, experimentation and study. She developed all of her own recipes and studied her subject widely, using materials that are written in Thai and unavailable to a non-Thai speaker. While traveling in Thailand she verified what she's read and gathered new ideas and information. She is always learning new things about food.

Although Kasma has written two cookbooks, one of which won a prestigious award, her real credentials are her experience, knowledge and the ability to communicate what she knows to others.

Kasma lives in Oakland, California (across the bay from San Francisco) where, before her retirement in 2020, she taught and ran her travel business.

To get in touch with Kasma, please go to the Contact Us page. Or Read more about Kasma on her Biography page.

See Also: A Note on Thai Spelling and Pronunciation.

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