About David Leite

David Leite

David Leite is the publisher of Leite’s Culinaria. He has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Pastry Art & Design, Food Arts, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, The Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, and Men’s Health. Follow on Google+.

Silver spoon with a mound of Portuguese red pepper paste

Portuguese Red Pepper Paste

Each Portuguese family has its own rendition of this classic, a pantry staple known as massa de pimentão. Here’s how the Leite family makes it.

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A basting brush with chipotle maple barbecue sauce

Chipotle Maple Barbecue Sauce

This indescribably must-have-more-of-this sauce boasts the complex sweetness of maple syrup and the smoky spice of chipotle peppers. Slather it at will.

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Pink Fuzzy Slipper

If I Were a Mother

These Mother’s Day recipes are the kind of dishes any mother would die for, especially if fed to her in bed. Just ask David. On second thought, don’t.

Illustration of a woman in a red apron holding a pot of stew

Devil with a Red Apron on

David recounts the troubles, frustration, and utter exasperation of learning family recipes from his mother, a true demon in the kitchen.

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Remember your mom telling you “Pretty is as pretty does…”? This lovely elixir knows no distinction–it’s just pretty through and through.

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Portuguese tea flan with a caramel top and a puddle of caramel on a white plate with blue design

Portuguese Tea Flan

Creamy custard is infused with tea for an unusual take on the classic Portuguese flan. The classic caramel topping gives the dessert its depth and sweetness.

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A pink homemade Hostess sno ball--coconut-covered dome--on a white plate with two more in the back

Homemade Sno Balls

Fashioned from chocolate cake, filled and frosted with meringue, and festooned in a feathery pink coconut boa, these are the real deal.

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Stunning enough for special occasions. Easy enough for weekday breakfasts. Marvelous enough to make you want it every damn day.

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Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’re bewitched, thanks to this aged cookie dough–yes, aged COOKIE DOUGH–that indulges us in an adult cookie with notes of rich butterscotch and bitter dark chocolate.

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A blood orange pound cake on a wire rack with glaze and sugar syrup, three slices cut

Blood Orange Pound Cake

Buttery, rich cake is ribboned with a marmalade layer, steeped in a blood orange syrup, and topped with a light orange glaze. What more could you want?

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