DAVID LEITE founded the website Leite’s Culinaria in 1999. In 2006, he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007.
David has written about everything from Champagne and Welsh cuisine to living with bipolar disorder and the trials and tribulations of being a super taster— in print, radio, and television. His first book, The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast (Clarkson Potter), explored the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. He’s also written for publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Men’s Health, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, and TheMorningNews.org.
David is a correspondent and frequent guest host on public radio’s “The Splendid Table." He's also been guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio programs, including “Cooking Today,” as well as Lucinda Scala Quinn’s program, “Mad Hungry Monday.” In addition, he's been heard on NPR’s “All Thing Considered." He’s appeared on History Channel 2’s “United Stuff of America,” Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” “The Today Show,” “Radical Sabbatical,” and is a regular guest on WTNH-TV.
David’s work has been included in the Best Food Writing series from 2001 to 2015. He won the 2008 James Beard Award for Newspaper Feature Writing Without Recipes for his article “In a ’64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam” and was nominated for the same award the following year for his article “Perfection? Hint: It’s Warm and Has a Secret,” both from the New York Times. He was a 2006 winner of the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. In 2014 he was nominated for both Best Blog and Best Podcast Series by the IACP.
Currently he's at work on a new book Notes of a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Maic Depression, to be published by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Awards and Recognition
- Best Food Writing Anthologies (2001 - 2015)
- Julia Child Award (New Portuguese Table/2010)
- James Beard Award (Newspaper/ New York Times 2008)
- James Beard Award (Website 2007)
- Association of Food Journalists Award (2007)
- Association of Food Journalists Award (2006)
- James Beard Award (Website 2006)
- Bert Greene Award 2005