David Leite is a memoirist, cookbook author, food writer, and blog publisher. His newest book, NOTES ON A BANANA: A MEMOIR OF FOOD, LOVE, AND MANIC DEPRESSION, was published by Dey Street Books, a division of HarperCollins. His first book, THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE, won the 2010 IACP Julia Child Award, as well as garnering other distinctions.
In addition, he writes about everything from champagne to Welsh food to high tea to being a super taster for publications including the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Men's Health, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, and Charlotte Observer. David is a frequent guest on WTHN's TV program "Connecticut Style" as well as "The Today Show." He has been a guest on NPR, Lucinda Scala Quinn's radio program "Mad Hungry," and has been a guest host on the Martha Stewart Living Radio program "Cooking Today," David's a correspondent and guest host for public radio's food program "The Splendid Table" hosted by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. He's also a judge on Food Network's program, "Beat Bobby Flay" and has appeared on History Channel 2.
David won the 2008 James Beard Award for his article, "In a '64 T-Bird, Chasing a Date with a Clam" and was nominated in 2009 for his article "Perfection? Hint: It's Warm and Has a Secret," both from the New York Times. He was nominated for the 2012 IACP Digital Awards for his blog, The David Blahg, and his podcast, Talking with My Mouth Full. He's also a four-time nominee for the Bert Green Award for Food Journalism, which he won in 2006. In addition, he was a 2007 and 2006 winner of an Association of Food Journalists Award. His essays have been included twelve times in the Best Food Writing series from 2001 to 2015. Leite's Culinaria (http://leitesculinaria.com), which David created in 1999, won the 2007 and 2006 James Beard Award for Best Food Web Site, a 2006 Food Blog Award, the 2005 World Food Media Award for Best Food and/or Drink Web Site, and was named Best Writer's Web Site for 2002 by Writer's Digest.