credit: John Lee

credit: John Lee


I am a freelance journalist, cookbook author, recipe developer, and general problem solver.

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 seven books on food and wine, including Cookie Love by Mindy Segal (Ten Speed Press, 2015), The Preservation Kitchen with Paul Virant (Ten Speed, 2012), Burma Superstar, with Desmond Tan (Ten Speed Press, 2017), and Champagne, with Peter Liem (Ten Speed Press, 2017). My current book, due out in 2019 with Chronicle Books, is Lavash, with John Lee and Ara Zada.

While I live in San Francisco, I've also called Napa, Boston, Exeter (England), Davao (the Philippines), Oakland, and Chicagomy favorite second cityhome. I went to preschool in the Philippines, college at UCDavis, culinary school in the Napa Valley, and graduate school at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Apart from books, my work has appeared in Gluten Free, The Wall Street JournalPlate,, Chicago Magazine, and Time Out Chicago. I also develop recipes for clients such as Sunsweet. 

On the less serious side, I'm a former college lacrosse player and unintentional Bay Area sports fan. Since I grew up in California, it's only right that I've tried to surf—twice. But it's so much nicer to watch the waves from a distance.


 Heard: The Splendid Table
Heard: The Food Seen
Quoted: The Wall Street Journal
Quoted: Bon Appetit Healthyish
In Writing:
In Action: Saveur
To get in touch, shoot me a note below or email me at kaleahy (at) gmail dot com.