David Leite is a Portuguese American memoirist, food writer, cookbook author, publisher of the two-time James Beard Award-winning website Leite's Culinaria, and an entrepreneur.[1]

David Leite
David Joseph Leite

(1960-07-18) July 18, 1960 (age 59)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, United States
CitizenshipUS and Portugal
Occupationwriter, memoirist, web publisher
Years active1999–present
Notable work
  • The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe's Western Coast
  • Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food Love and Manic Depression
Partner(s)Alan Dunkelberger "The One" (1993—present)
WebsiteOfficial website

Early lifeEdit

Leite was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and raised in Swansea.


He has written for The New York Times,[2] Martha Stewart Living[3] Bon Appétit,[4] Saveur,[5] Food & Wine,[6] Gourmet,[7] Food Arts,[8] Men's Health, The Los Angeles Times Magazine,[9] Chicago Sun Times,[10] The Washington Post,[11] and other publications in the United States and abroad. Leite won the 2008 James Beard Award for Best Newspaper Feature Without Recipes. He also won the 2006 and 2007 James Beard Award for Best Internet Website for Food. Leite is a four-time nominee for the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. He is also a recipient of several awards from the Association of Food Journalists.[12] His work has been featured in Best Food Writing (ISBN 1-56924-416-2) 14 times since 2001. Leite was a contributor to The Morning News. He was also a recurring guest on the Today Show, the Martha Stewart Radio program Living Today[13] hosted by Mario Bosquez, and Connecticut Style. He has been heard on Good Food with Evan Kleiman, Lucinda Scala Quinn's program, Mad Hungry Monday and various NPR programs. Leite has appeared on History Channel 2's United Stuff of America and Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay. He reads his essays and columns, as well as acts as a correspondent, on public radio's food program The Splendid Table hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.[14] In 2012 he served a guest host of Cooking Today on Martha Stewart Radio. In 2013 he began broadcasting the popular podcast Talking With My Mouth Full. In August 2009 his first book, The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors From Europe's Western Coast, was published by Clarkson Potter[15] and won the 2010 First Book/Julia Child Award. A humorist, Leite brings a skewed and funny sensibility to the world of food.

Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression, Leite's second book, was published on April 11, 2017 by Dey Street Books, a division of HarperCollins.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Leite's Culinaria • Recipes, Food, and Cooking Blog". leitesculinaria.com. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Bellafante, Ginia. "NYtimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "Marthastewart.com". Marthastewart.com. Archived from the original on August 23, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bonappetit.com". Bonappetit.com. August 1, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Saveur.com". Saveur.com. November 9, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "Foodandwine.com". Foodandwine.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  7. ^ "Gourmet.com". Gourmet.com. August 1, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "Foodarts.com". Foodarts.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  9. ^ LAtimes.com Archived October 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Suntimes.com". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  11. ^ Black&, Jane. "Washingtonpost.com". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  12. ^ "AFJonline.com". AFJonline.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  13. ^ "Marthastewart.com". Marthastewart.com. July 19, 2011. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  14. ^ "Splendidtable.org". Splendidtable.org. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  15. ^ "Randomhouse.com". Randomhouse.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  16. ^ "James Beard Foundation". jamesbeard.org. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  17. ^ "Leite's Culinaria (David Leite) Inducted". culinaryhalloffame.com. Retrieved June 1, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "18 IACP award-winning cookbooks for 2010". independent.co.uk/. April 23, 2010. Retrieved June 1, 2016.