Darlene Schmidt

Expertise: Thai cooking

Darlene Schmidt has focused on cooking, writing about, and creating Thai cuisine recipes for the last 10 years. An accomplished chef and teacher, she published a Thai cookbook to inspire home cooks. 


  • Specializes in recreating both classic and new Thai recipes
  • Food photographer and writer
  • Culinary teacher specializing in Thai cuisine


Darlene Anne Schmidt wrote for The Spruce and contributed articles and recipes for more than 10 years. Marriage into a Southeast Asian family immersed her early on in Thai cuisine and cooking techniques. She has traveled throughout Thailand, studying cooking with various chefs. In North America, she has given numerous Thai cooking classes and demonstrations. Many of her students have been 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.



Darlene Anne Schmidt holds a Master of Arts degree in composition. She has studied Thai cooking both in Thailand and in Canada.

Awards and Publications

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

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