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).


A look at Taste's playful Halloween covers through the years

The Taste section took its early poster tradition to heart.


At Taste's 50th birthday, Minnesota's Beard winners party like it's 1969

The jubilee of the Star Tribune's food section offered a communal moment to savor the wonders of the Twin Cities dining scene.


Taste section reflected the way we were

For 50 years, issue after issue, Taste has offered a snapshot of our lives.


This word didn't appear in Taste pages until 1988.

This word didn't appear in Taste pages until 1988.


Remembering when the Soviet Union dropped by Minnesota for tea

The dining room was filled with TV cameras and the whole world was watching as a Minneapolis family served as host.


Overflowing tables and fake ice cream: How food styling has changed in the last 50 years

Food styl­ing re­flects the de­cades, just like any oth­er trend.


For 70 years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has changed how we cook

The annual cooking contest has not only reflected food trends, but created them.


Shortcuts with Jacques Pépin

What makes a good dish? Not necessarily the use of homemade ingredients.


In 1995, a visit from Julia Child enthralled the Twin Cities

She thrilled the crowd at Dayton's, who came to meet their TV hero of the kitchen.


A timeline of Taste throughout the years shows how we ate ⁠— and how we lived.

Year by year, page by page, Taste offered a snapshot of our lives.