Karen Berman is a writer and editor who specializes in food and lifestyle topics. She is the author of six books, including Friday Night Bites: Kick Off the Weekend with Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family and The Little Black Book of Hors d’Oeuvres. She has worked in various editorial capacities on more than 30 cookbooks and has written more articles than she can count for websites, blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

She received her B.A. degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College and earned a certificate in cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and her culinary travels have taken her as far as the Thai House Cooking School in Thonburri, Thailand. In her former career as a newspaper reporter, she won the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism. She is mom to daughter Jessica, who is her best food critic.

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