About Leslie Brenner

Photo © 2016 by Manny Rodriguez

Photo © 2016 by Manny Rodriguez

Leslie Brenner, an award-winning journalist and cookbook author, is the longtime restaurant critic and dining editor at The Dallas Morning News and former editor of The Los Angeles Times Food section. Over a lifetime spent cooking and dining around the world (she was a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine), Leslie has created and developed hundreds of recipes – many of which will be featured on Cooks Without Borders. She is author of The Fourth Star: Dispatches From Inside Daniel Boulud's Celebrated New York Restaurant; American Appetite: The Coming of Age of a National Cuisine; The Art of the Cocktail Party; Fear of Wine; and Greetings From The Golden State (a novel). She is also co-author (with Katharine Kinsolving) of Essential Flavors: The Simple Art of Cooking with Infused Oils, Flavored Vinegars, Essences and Elixirs.

Among Leslie's honors and prizes are two James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards, numerous first prize awards from the Association of Food Journalists, and two first-place prizes from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors in Comment and Criticism.

A self-taught cook, Leslie is married to Thierry Pérémarti, a French-born poet and journalist; their son Wylie is studying Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in California. 

Leslie is happiest in the kitchen, cooking for family and friends.