Dakota Kim

Dakota Kim is a freelance writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She writes about food, travel, lifestyle, business, and parenting. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Food52, CivilEats, Zagat, NPR, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, VICE, and others.


Dakota Kim's passion for food is only rivaled by her talent for producing dynamic content about it. Her subjects have spanned youth farmers in Hawaii, hot sauce-producing monks, Angelos battling food insecurity with hyperlocal apps to climate-friendly grains, and Uzbeki dumplings worth cycling across the country for. At the heart of each piece are the people, culture, and environment that connects the reader to the story. Dakota is particularly adept at tapping into her Korean heritage to write about food practices and cultural customs, such as features on pandemic foraging, fighting with her mother for fridge space, and Korean wedding traditions. In addition to writing about food, Dakota has penned stories about women and motorcycles for Travel + Leisure, Korean reality shows for the Los Angeles Times, and '60s-inspired furniture and apparel design for Sunset.


Dakota graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government. She received a Master of Library & Information Science from Rutgers University. Dakota also studied Korean language and literature at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

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