Naomi Imatome-Yun

Business: Naomi Imatome-Yun
Expertise: Korean food, Asian cuisine, dining out

Naomi Imatome-Yun is a freelance writer, editor, and bestselling cookbook author on the topic of Korean food. She has been a managing editor, editorial director, and food editor of various print and online food-related magazines, as well as a restaurant reviewer. Naomi has launched some of the most successful magazines and fastest-growing websites in the market and is currently editor in chief of Blue Zones, a site sharing research, such as diet, about the longest-living people in the world.


  • Author of four Asian cookbooks, three of which are bestsellers
  • Helped grow Forks Over Knives, a site promoting the plant-based diet movement 
  • Assisted in building new food vertical for WonderHowTo, a website featuring the best how-to videos
  • Former copy editor for Art Culinaire, professional chef's food magazine


Naomi Imatome-Yun is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing recipes and articles for eight years, and creating one of the busiest Asian food sites on the web. She has written four successful Asian cookbooks covering topics such as Korean food and ramen noodles. Naomi has married her passion for food with her business acumen and has launched as well as significantly boosted traffic at several websites as both an employee and consultant.


Naomi holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University with a double major in English and art history.

Awards and Publications

Naomi's most recent cookbook, "Ramen Obsession: The Ultimate Bible for Mastering Japanese Ramen," became an instant bestseller when it was released in October 2019. Also earning that credit are "The Essential Wok Cookbook: A Simple Chinese Cookbook for Stir-Fry, Dim Sum, and Other Restaurant Favorites" and "Seoul Food Korean Cookbook: Korean Cooking From Kimchi and Bibimbap to Fried Chicken and Bingsoo," both published by Rockridge Press. In 2014, Naomi's first book, "Cooking With Gochujang: Asia's Original Hot Sauce," was published to positive reviews.

Her work appears in numerous print and online publications including DiningOut, USA Today, and AOL.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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