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Karen began her writing career as a journalist with The Associated Press in San Francisco, with The (Riverside, Calif.) Press-Enterprise, and with The Seattle Times. Later, she shared the stories of Northwest farmers, purveyors, and artisans as food writer for Seattle icon PCC Natural Markets. As a senior editor at, she helped millions of home cooks answer that all-important question: What's for dinner?

Born, raised, and educated among the misty and majestic forests of Washington state, she now makes her home just outside the other Washington in Arlington, Va., with her husband, sportswriter Jerry Brewer, their son, Miles, and their kitten, Georgina.