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This is a newsletter all about dumplings + the people that make them.

Hey there! I’m a journalist and editor based in Brooklyn with a lifelong obsession with dumplings1. As a genre of food, dumplings are beloved all over the world for a reason: They’re comforting, they’re celebratory, and they’re extremely delicious.

They also require a ton of specialized skill, patience, and passion to make well—especially if you do so for a living.

Enter Above the Fold, a newsletter (and soon, print zine) spotlighting the people dedicated to making these culinary labors of love.

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Above the Fold is written + designed by Leah Mennies. Logo by Leah Mennies.


Anything that’s carefully folded/stuffed/enclosed is fair game. Pelmeni? Yep! Empanadas? You betcha!

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I'm a Brooklyn-based writer and editor that loves puns, dachshunds, fancy sweatshirts, and dumplings (ahem). Learn more about my professional background and check out some of my past work at
cookbook author, dumpling maker, food waste feast-er