Matt Lee

Charleston, SC

Matt, along with his brother, Ted, are Charleston-raised siblings who first channeled their passion for southern food into The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order source for southern pantry staples, and later into careers writing about food, wine and travel. They’ve published three award-winning cookbooks, written hundreds of features for magazines and newspapers, and are the hosts of “Southern Uncovered,” the first exclusively-southern travel show, on Ovation TV. Their series of out-of-print cookbook reissues, The Lee Brothers Classic Library, is published by Rizzoli. Matt lives with his wife, Gia, and their three sons in Charleston, SC.

Accolades & Publications

  • The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2013)
    • IACP Best American Cookbook (2014)
  • The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor (Clarkson Potter, 2009)
    • IACP Best American Cookbook (2009)
    • James Beard Foundation – Best Book American Cooking nominee (2010)
  • The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006)
    • James Beard Foundation – Cookbook of the Year (2007), Best Book Food of the Americas (2007)
    • IACP Julia Child Award (2007)


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