About Dianne

by diannejacob

D. Jacob.mug.web.2008When I was 5 years old, my dad told me I would become a writer, and he was not the kind of guy to argue with. He was a poet and songwriter, and he loved to give me and my sister writing or art assignments. One of my first efforts was a poem about a frog with a gas problem.

I went to journalism school and became a newspaper reporter, photographer, and newspaper section editor. My first magazine job was as editor of a city restaurant magazine in Vancouver, Canada. Then I moved to the US  and went to journalism school again, becoming the editor-in-chief of two magazines and executive editor of another.

My last full-time job was as editor-in-chief of an electronic publishing company, Books That Work. In retrospect, we were trying to develop iPad apps in 1996, when all we had was CDs and no Internet. Still, I used my newspaper and magazine design skills to learn graphic user interface design and usability, which helped me when designing websites and blogs.

Since 1996, I’ve been self-employed as a writing coach, editor, writer and teacher. I missed working with writers so  I became a writing coach, specializing in food, for aspiring and professional writers and bloggers around the world. I’ve written reviews, chef profiles, regular columns and recipes for national and international publications and websites. And I’ve written two books: Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More; and Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas,  co-authored with chef Craig Priebe.

For more about me, please see my professional bio.

To find out about my crazy Jewish-Iraqi food background inherited from parents from China, read this post.

Comment policy: I love to receive comments. They are the best part of my blog because they continue the conversation I’ve begun. I’m an editor, so I edit comments with typos, grammatical errors, and misspellings.

Book reviews: I sometimes review books that might be of interest to my readers, particularly those that are literary or practical. I don’t review any other kind of product.

Affiliate program: In my posts, I add links to books and the occasional product to Amazon.com, where I receive incremental compensation.

Sponsorship: I do not write sponsored posts.

Display Advertising: Contact me at dj[at]diannej.com for an advertising rate card, stats and demographic information.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

victualling June 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Hi Dianne,
Good luck with your blog — looks like a good one!
All the best,


Nurit - 1 family. friendly. Food. July 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Will you post about upcoming classes? I sure am interested. And Vancouver (that is BC?) is not too far…


diannejacob October 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I’m still figuring out how to do that. You can always click on the Events page on the bar, or sign up for my newsletter (also on the bar) to find out what I’m up to.


Dianne Jacob July 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I list them on my website and suppose I should list them here too. See “Events” on the top bar.

Hey, I’m from Kitsilano, now living in Oakland, CA. Small world, eh? (Got to put that “eh” in to indicate I’m a real Canadian.)


sarah, simply cooked January 10, 2011 at 6:01 am

Hi Dianne, I received your book Will Write for Food in the post today–I selected it as the January 2011 Kitchen Reader choice. We’re a small group of food bloggers who read food books monthly.

I’ve found the book and what I’ve read here useful and insightful. And I was doing some practice exercises, for example writing about biting into an apple: “Drops of juice jumped upwards as my teeth sliced downwards.” I wanted to come here and say thanks, in advance, for all the growth in skills we are about to experience!


diannejacob January 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

What a great idea! I feel honored to have my book be part of such illustrious authors. If you all want to ask me any questions in advance of your monthly meeting, you know where to find me.


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