Diane Morgan is the winner of both a James Beard and an IACP cookbook award. Along with her primary focus as a cookbook author, Diane is a freelance food writer, culinary instructor, and restaurant consultant. She is the author of eighteen cookbooks. Her newest book, Salmon: Everything You Need to Know + 45 Recipes was published in the spring of 2016.
It was her cookbook Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes published by Chronicle Books in September 2012 that won her the prestigious cookbook awards. Her other cookbooks include: Skinny Dips, The Christmas Table, The New Thanksgiving Table, Grill Every Day, Salmon, Pizza, Delicious Dips,The Thanksgiving Table, Midnight Munchies, Cooking For The Week, The Basic Gourmet, The Basic Gourmet Entertains, and Dressed To Grill: Savvy Recipes for Girls who Play with Fire, all from Chronicle Books. In addition, Diane has a cookbook, Gifts Cooks Love, written in conjunction with Sur La Table and published by Andrews McMeel.
She has been involved in the world of food for more than 30 years. She spent six years in Chicago as a caterer and chef for an executive dining room. Leaving behind Chicago’s blustery, frigid winters, Diane moved to the Pacific Northwest, settling in Portland, Oregon. Her focus shifted to teaching cooking classes and pursuing a career in food writing. Her first cookbook, Entertaining People: Menus from a Pacific Northwest Cooking School won an IACP/Seagrams cookbook award and was followed by Very Entertaining: Menus for Special Occasions.
Diane’s holiday cookbook, The Christmas Table, was featured in the December 2008 issue of Oprah’s “O” magazine with six-pages of glorious photographs highlighting food gifts from the kitchen, all created by Diane. In December 2009, Better Homes & Gardens featured six recipes from The Christmas Table in a beautifully illustrated article. Her decadent recipe for Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes was on the cover of December 2008’s issue of Cooking Light magazine.
Diane has been a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times food section and has written for Bon Appétit, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, Clean Eating, The Oregonian, Northwest Palate, and Edible Portland. She has appeared on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, CBS Early Show, The Food Network, Smart Solutions on HGTV, Seasonings on PBS, and Good Day Oregon. In addition, for the past two years, Diane has consulted on the core menu, promotional seasonal menus and recipes for a Northwest chain of family dining restaurants.