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+.

A sour cream mocha cake on a cake stand with one slice missing.

Sour Cream Mocha Cake

With its deep dark chocolate smack and intense espresso buzz, this mocha cake creation ought to have a minimum age requirement.

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A loaf of cinnamon raisin swirl bread cut in half so the swirl is visible.

Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

And you thought those perfect swirls of cinnamon raisin awesomeness were something you could only get in store-bought loaf. This recipe dispels that myth.

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The One and David, circa 1995

Forever and Completely

As David explains, precious few things in life are forever and completely. His adoration for this chocolate cake is one of those precious few things. One taste and you’l understand.

A slice of coconut lime macadamia cake on a yellow plate with a fork resting beside it

Coconut Lime Macadamia Cake

Inspired by the tropics, this simple single-layer cake is quick and easy yet lacks nothing in terms of satisfying richness.

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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.

A girl with bunny ears eying a Easter cake

14 Easter Desserts

Easter desserts for your holiday dinner, including coconut lemon cake, pound cake, lemon meringue pie, cheesecake, and more. Step aside, chocolate bunny.

Passover Recipes 2019

15 Passover Recipes

Our best Passover recipes, including traditional as well as unconventional additions to your weeknight or your Seder table.

Cutting board with a sliced rack of spring lamb with rosemary, knife, bowl of salad

17 Easter Recipes

Our best recipes for classic as well as unexpected Easter sides, desserts, and, yes, ham. Easter simply isn’t complete without setting some of these on your table.

A cartoon of a woman contemplating different types of ham

How to Buy a Ham

Everything you need to know to decipher all the confusing terms you’re confronted with when selecting a holiday ham at the store.

A small skillet of corned beef hash with a soft fried eggs on top

Corned Beef Hash

David comes to understand that for some, corned beef hash is about far more than mere sustenance or ridding the fridge of leftovers. Far, far more.

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