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+.

Milk Mayonnaise

The Secret Behind Milk Mayonnaise

Milk mayonnaise, a thick luscious treat in Portugal and Spain, is an eggless condiment with all the same richness and flavor as regular mayo. David explains it all for you.

A better brined roast chicken in a cast iron Dutch oven surrounded by potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, and a halved head of garlic.

Best Brined Roast Chicken

This is, without any doubt, the BEST brined chicken recipe we’ve EVER tasted. Seriously. (And did we mention how quick and easy it is?!)

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Two carrots, two onions, two bay leaves, two leaks, two sprigs of rosemary, thyme, celery, salt, and pepper for making the brine for the better brined roast chicken.

A Better Brine for Chicken

David explains his unconventional and amazing approach to brining a chicken before roasting–a technique we’ve never seen anyone else do anywhere. So easy. So unspeakably effective.

What is Swiss Chard?

Think you know Swiss chard? Think again. Here, essential info on how to cook and serve this versatile vegetable.

A glass mixing bowl filled with homemade nutella and a spatula rests inside the bowl

Homemade Nutella

No longer are you safe from temptation just because you summoned enough fortitude to skip the Nutella aisle at the store. Not safe at all.

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A wooden spoon filled with aleppo pepper flakes and more in the background.

What is Aleppo Pepper?

Aleppo pepper is a common (and coveted) spice in Middle Eastern cuisines. Here’s everything you need to know about what it tastes like and where to buy it.

Baseball Glove

My Problem With Balls

David recounts his doomed career in Little League baseball—and it has everything to do with no concession stands in the outfield.

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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