credit: John Lee

credit: John Lee


I am a freelance journalist, cookbook collaborator, recipe developer, and general problem solver. I work on everything from cookbooks and freelance articles to research and development recipe projects. While I live in San Francisco, I've also called Napa, Boston, Oakland, and Chicagomy favorite second cityhome.

After a year of baking cookies at a French bakery in Oakland and five years cooking on the line for James Beard-winning chefs such as Hiro Sone, Michael Schlow, and Nate Appleman, I started writing about food and restaurants. A16 Food and Wine, my first book, received the IACP 2009 Cookbook of the Year award and the Julia Child Best First Book award. Since then, I have co-authored or edited more than six books on food and wine, including Cookie Love by Mindy Segal (Ten Speed Press, 2015), The Preservation Kitchen with Paul Virant (Ten Speed, 2012), and Burma Superstar, with Desmond Tan (Ten Speed Press, 2017).

I went to preschool in the Philippines, college at UCDavis, culinary school in the Napa Valley, and grad school at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. I have written for, Wall Street JournalFood52.comGluten Free ForeverTastebook.comPlate, Chicago Magazine, and Time Out Chicago. I'm a former college lacrosse player and Bay Area sports fan (except baseball...). Since I grew up in California, it's only right that I've tried to surf—twice. But these days, I leave the shredding to my boyfriend and my brother.


 Heard: The Splendid Table
Quoted: The Wall Street Journal
To get in touch, shoot me a note below or email me at kaleahy (at) gmail dot com.