"When I was young and troubled, my mother used to write notes full of love, hope, and dreams on the banana she’d put alongside my breakfast every morning. I believe she hoped those notes would in some small way comfort me as I grappled with the challenges that came with being a pudgy kid and, later, unbeknownst to us, having manic depression." – David Leite
Tune in to hear the story of David Leite, three-time James Beard Award winner, NPR correspondent, and award winning author, as he shares his lifelong love affair with food and struggles with bipolar disorder and his memoir, "Notes on a Banana."
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David Leite has tackled everything from chocolate chip cookies to Welsh cakes, from the foods of Portugal to the tribulations of being a super taster—for print, radio, and television. In 1999, he founded the website Leite’s Culinaria, and in 2006 he had the distinction of being the first winner ever of a James Beard Award for a website, a feat he repeated in 2007. The following year, he won his third James Beard Award for his article on fried clams for the New York Times. His first book, THE NEW PORTUGUESE TABLE: Exciting Flavors from Europe’s Western Coast, explored the food of his heritage and won the 2010 IACP First Book/Julia Child Award. David is also a regular correspondent and guest host on NPR’s “The Splendid Table.” He splits his time between Connecticut and New York, but will travel anywhere for a good meal.