She won the James Beard Foundation's M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award in 2005 for "Eat Drink Mother Daughter," (a long article published in Saveur) and won an IACP Food Journalism Award in 2010 for her Saveur article "The Art of Kimchi." Her essays have been anthologized in Best Food Writing 2004, 2006, and 2012.
In the late 1990s she was an editor at Vogue Magazine, and she has written reviews and essays for Gourmet, Vogue, Mirabella, the New York Times Book Review, and other publications. She is also the author of a number of books of literary criticism for Chelsea House Publishers, and she has taught food writing at Yale.
She is a native of Connecticut and a graduate of Hopkins School and Wesleyan University. Her mother, Professor Annping Chin teaches at Yale, and her stepfather, Professor Jonathan Spence, taught there until he retired in 2008.
- Baste the Book
- Fiction Magazine Author Index Archived 2013-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
- "Eat Drink Mother Daughter," Saveur, Feb 4, 2008
- "The Art of Kimchi," Saveur, October 14, 2009
- IACP Press Release, April 23, 2010 Archived October 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- "My Life With Rice," Best Food Writing 2006
- Gourmet October 2008 Press Release
- "Dana Schutz," Bomb Magazine Spring 2006
- Yale Writing Center web site Archived 2011-09-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Baste The Book (Chin's personal web site)