Leela Punyaratabandhu (pronounced boon-yuh-RUHT-tuh-puhn) is the author of Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen, Bangkok: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Thailand, and Flavors of the Southeast Asian Grill: Classic Recipes for Meats and Seafood Cooked over Charcoal.
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. Also in 2012, Leela was named by the Chicago Tribune one of the seven new food writers to know. Leela’s writing has appeared in CNN, Wall Street Journal, Serious Eats, Food52, TASTE, and Dill Magazine. In 2017, she was named one of the 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time by Epicurious. In 2018, her book, Bangkok, won the prestigious Art of Eating Prize which is awarded to one single best food book of the year.