Monthly Conversations Author, David Leite

Guest Speaker, David Leite
Thursday, May 16
1 pm - 2:30 pm

David Leite (his name rhymes with eat—of course) founded Leite’s Culinaria in 1999, long before “weblogs” came into being. In 2006, he and former food editor, Linda Avery, had the distinction of being the first winners ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat they repeated in 2007. David’s most recent project is, Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression. It was published by Dey Street Books in 2017; the paperback was published in 2018.

David’s first book, The New Portuguese Table: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, explored the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. David’s award-winning way of seeing the world has been included in the Best Food Writing series from 2001 to 2008 and 2010 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.

David has also been a frequent guest and host on Martha Stewart Living Radio programs, including “Cooking Today,” as well as a guest on Lucinda Scala Quinn’s program, “Mad Hungry Monday.” He’s also been heard on NPR’s “All Thing Considered” and for 13 years was a correspondent and guest host on public radio’s The Splendid Table hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

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