Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee

I'm a writer and editor who's been working in service journalism since 2019. Since starting out, I've reviewed everything from Nespresso machines to Great Jones cookie sheets in a quest to find the best gear for home kitchens. I'm an amateur chef and baker that can often be found scouring the web for new Trader Joe's products or the tastiest ways to incorporate brown butter into every dessert I make.


  • Currently freelance writer for The Daily Meal, where I cover everything from Claire Saffitz's at-home baking hacks to the best oat milk creamers
  • Has worked at Hearst Magazines, USA Today, and Healthline
  • Graduated from SUNY Oswego
  • You can learn more at my website.


I've worked at publications such as Hearst Magazines, USA Today, and, most recently, Healthline, where I'm a full-time market editor with mental health and women's health beats. I grew up in a home where cooking was a love language and a massive part of my Asian American culture — one of the first things I bonded with my Chinese-speaking grandparents over was dim sum. Nowadays, as an adult with my own home kitchen, I've become dedicated to keeping in touch with my roots by cooking my favorite Chinese meals.

Favorite Purchase:

A silly hack, but this garlic peeler has made my life so much easier when I'm cooking! It makes it so much easier to quickly peel garlic, especially since I'm someone who can't stand the way the feel and scent of garlic lingers on my hands. It's inexpensive, easy to clean, and a must-have for weeknight cooking.


Graduated from SUNY Oswego in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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