Leela Punyaratabandhu is the author of Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand, winner of the 2018 The Art of Eating Prize for the best of food book of the year, and Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen.
Since 2008, she has written about Thai cuisine on her cooking blog, SheSimmers.com, which was named the best Regional Cuisine blog in 2012 by Saveur magazine. Leela’s writing has appeared in CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Serious Eats, Food52, TASTE, and Dill Magazine.
She has been named one of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time by Epicurious. Leela’s work focuses on Thai food and Thai restaurants both in the United States and Thailand, and she divides her time between Chicago and Bangkok.
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