David Leite

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

Early life[edit]

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


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] Chicaco Sun Times,[10] The Washington Post,[11] and other publications here 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) 12 times since 2001. Leite was a contributor to The Morning News. He was also a frequent guest on the Today Show and the Martha Stewart Radio program "Living Today"[13] hosted by Mario Bosquez. Leite is a recurring guest on Good Food with Evan Kleiman and Connecticut Style, and 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.

Personal life[edit]

Leite lives in New York City and Roxbury, Connecticut. In 2004, he became citizen of Portugal.


  • James Beard Awards[16]
  • Culinary Hall of Fame Induction[17]
  • IACP/Julia Child Award for Best First Book
  • Association of Food Journalists Awards
  • Bert Greene Awards



  1. ^ Leitesculinaria.com
  2. ^ Bellafante, Ginia. "NYtimes.com". The New York Times. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marthastewart.com". Marthastewart.com. 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. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ LAtimes.com[dead link]
  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. 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 Awards
  17. ^ Culinary Hall of Fame Induction