Buttermilk Graffiti

In Chef Lee’s most recent book, he travels the country in search of America’s new melting-pot cuisine. American food is the story of mash-ups. Immigrants arrive, cultures collide, and out of the push-pull come exciting new dishes and flavors. Chef Lee explores the people behind the food. Who are they, and what are their traditions, innovations and memories? This book is part food essay, part travel book, part memoir and part cookbook. It is Chef Lee’s most personal book so far.

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Smoke & Pickles

Chef Lee’s first cookbook chronicles the story of how he was raised in Brooklyn in a family of Korean immigrants and eventually moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he opened the acclaimed restaurant 610 Magnolia. His improbable journey is told through stories and recipes that explore the intersection of Korean food and Southern culture. Dishes like Adobo Fried Chicken, Collards and Kimchi, Miso-Smothered Chicken plus more than 130 exceptional recipes have made this cookbook one of the essential books about the American South.

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Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2017

Look deeper, get dirty, and find the beauty in rot. In the feature-length documentary FERMENTED, author and chef Edward Lee goes on a journey to understand how the ancient process of fermentation is used in modern cuisine both at home and abroad. The culinary world has labeled fermentation as the hottest food trend at the moment, and this film stands as point of entry into the deep dark world of beautiful rot, and what it means to humankind.

Coming soon


Mind of a Chef

Season 3

In the first eight episodes of season 3 of The Mind of a Chef, chef Edward Lee embarks on adventures that take him out of the kitchen and into the depths of what moves and motivates him – seeking the history of what it means to be a chef, the key to making a perfect bourbon, the call of that culinary siren, the American South.






I hope to see you as I tour the U.S. on my book tour for Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine. We’re adding more events and updating details often so watch this space for more.

If you don’t live near one of these cities, you can order signed copies of both of my books, Buttermilk Graffiti and Smoke & Pickles, from my local bookstore, Carmichael’s, which ships anywhere in the world. The link to order from Carmichael’s is here.

Tuesday, April 17 – Louisville, KY: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Carmichael’s Bookstore. Info here
Wednesday, April 18 – Alameda, CA: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Books, Inc. Info and tickets here
Thursday, April 19 – Danville, CA: Noon. Talk & signing (with tastes!) at Rakestraw Books. Details here. Reservations required: you can reserve your place by calling 925-837-7337.
Thursday, April 19 – San Francisco, CA: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Omnivore Books. Info here.
Friday, April 20 – St. Helena, CA: Closing keynote at CIA Worlds of Flavor conference. Info and registration for culinary professionals here; public webcast here
Saturday, April 21 – Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. 2 p.m. In conversation with Andrew Friedman, Dan Stone, and Gustavo Arellano. Info and tickets here
Sunday, April 22 – Los Angeles, CA: In Conversation with Zach Brooks at Now Serving. Tastes will be served. Reserve your place at hello@nowservingla.com
Monday, April 23 – Seattle, WA: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Book Larder. Info and tickets here
Tuesday, April 24 – Chicago, IL: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Read It and Eat. Info and tickets here
Wednesday, April 25 – St. Paul, MN: Talk, Tasting, Signing at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Info and tickets here
Thursday, April 26 – Lexington, KY: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Info here
Friday, April 27 – Cincinnati, OH: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Info here
Tuesday, May 8 – Nashville, TN: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Parnassus Books. Info here
Thursday, May 10 – Richmond, VA: Junior League of Richmond Book & Author Gala. Info and tickets here
Monday, May 14 – Atlanta, GA: Talk, Tastes, Signing, and Global Growers Benefit at Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. Info and tickets here
Tuesday, May 15 – Birmingham, AL: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Alabama Booksmith. Info here
Wednesday, May 16 – New Orleans, LA: In conversation with Pableaux Johnson and Justin Devillier at Garden District Books. Info here
Thursday, May 17 – Oxford, MS: In conversation with John T. Edge at Square Books. Info here
Monday, May 21 – New York, NY: In conversation with New York Times food editor Sam Sifton at 92nd Street Y. Info and tickets here
Tuesday, May 22 – Cambridge, MA: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Harvard Book Store. Info here
Wednesday, May 23 – Greenwich, CT: In conversation with Esquire food and drinks editor Jeff Gordinier at Greenwich Library. Info here
Thursday, May 24 – Charlestown, RI: Talk, Q&A, Signing with appetizers and drinks at Wilcox Tavern. Info and tickets here
Wednesday, May 30 – Washington, DC: In conversation with Susan Able, editor of edible DC at Politics & Prose at The Wharf. Info here
Wednesday, June 20 – Cleveland, OH: Talk, Q&A, Signing at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Brooklyn Branch. Info here
September 2018 – Harbor Springs, MI: Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. Details TBA
Fall 2018 – Portland, OR: Details TBA

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