"Free Food for Millionaires is a big, ambitious first novel"

– Lynne Sharon Schwartz, The Writing on the Wall

About Min Jin Lee

About Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee author photo

Min Jin Lee's debut novel FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES was a No. 1 Book Sense Pick, a NEW YORK TIMES Editor’s Choice, a WALL STREET JOURNAL Juggle Book Club selection, and a national bestseller; it was a Top 10 Novels of the Year for THE TIMES of London,  NPR’s FRESH AIR and USA TODAY. FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES was also published in the U.K. (Random House, 2007), South Korea (Image Box Publishing) and Italy (Einaudi). 

Min Jin went to Yale College where she was awarded both the Henry Wright Prize for Nonfiction and the James Ashmun Veech Prize for Fiction. She attended law school at Georgetown University and worked as a lawyer for several years in New York to writing full time. She has received the NYFA Fellowship for Fiction, the Peden Prize from The Missouri Review for Best Story, and the Narrative Prize for New and Emerging Writer. Her fiction has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her writings about books, travel and food have appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, CONDE NAST TRAVELER, THE TIMES OF LONDON, VOGUE (US), TRAVEL + LEISURE (SEA), THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and FOOD & WINE. Her personal essays have been anthologized in TO BE REAL, BREEDER, THE MARK TWAIN ANTHOLOGY: Great Writers on His Life and Works, ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY, SUGAR IN MY BOWL, and GLOBAL AND THE INTIMATE: Feminism in Our Time. She served three consecutive seasons as a Morning Forum columnist of the CHOSUN ILBO of South Korea. Lee has lectured about writing, politics and literature at various institutions including Columbia, Tufts, Loyola Marymount University, Stanford, Johns Hopkins (SAIS), University of Connecticut, Boston College, Hamilton College, Harvard Law School, Yale University, Ewha University, Waseda University, the American School in Japan, World Women’s Forum, the Tokyo American Center of the U.S. Embassy and the Asia Society in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

From 2007 to 2011, Min Jin lived in Tokyo, Japan. She lives in New York City  with her husband and son where she is working on her second novel PACHINKO.