Lee Svitak Dean | Star Tribune
Taste editor | Food

Lee Svitak Dean is food editor at the Star Tribune. She has written about food since 1982 and was formerly a copy editor. As an editor who also writes for the Taste food section, she handles content related to home cooking, restaurants, wine, beer and spirits, nutrition and food trends.

"Svitak Dean grew up in Minneapolis and has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of two cookbooks, "The Great Minnesota Cookie Book" (with Rick Nelson, 2018) and "Come One, Come All: Easy Entertaining With Seasonal Menus"" (2010).


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