Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is a writer, artist, photographer, chef and all-around lover of good food. She is one of the world’s foremost experts on Korean cuisine and culture. A James Beard Award nominee, her first book, EATING KOREAN was chosen by Food and Wine as the best of the best cookbooks published that year. Her second cookbook, QUICK AND EASY KOREAN COOKING, was chosen as the Gourmet Cookbook of the Month just before Gourmet magazine ceased publication. She is also the author of three editions of the FROMMER’s SOUTH KOREA guide and the FROMMER’s SEOUL DAY BY DAY travel guide.
A first-generation Korean-American, she has been cooking since before she could even reach the counter. Born in Seoul, her family immigrated to the United States in the late 70s, during the time of wide optimism and even wider pant bottoms. Foregoing a career in medicine, she got a degree in conceptual and site-specific art from UCSD. She has exhibited worldwide, and has written for Food + Wine, Eating Well, Google, KLM Airlines, Korean Culture, the Whole Life Times, the Washington Post and many other publications. She is currently a freelance writer and photographer for the LA Times Daily Dish.
She is available for writing, editing, photographing and consulting work. You can reach her at cecilia[AT]eatingkorean[DOT]com.
You can also find out more about Cecilia by visiting her personal site littlececilia.com.