Diane Seed has lived in Rome for 30 years, and she has built up an international reputation for her unrivalled knowledge of Italian regional cuisine and wines. She is an amusing speaker and her passionate enthusiasm and lively anecdotes bring out the sheer pleasure of Italian life. She now lives in a spectacular apartment in the Doria Pamphili palace at Piazza Venezia where she runs a cooking school with views of the Colosseum. Her love affair with Italy shows no sign of fading.
She moved to Rome some time after studying English Literature at London University, and proceeded to teach at an international school for fifteen years while bringing up her three daughters. Her great interest in food and cooking then developed from a hobby into a full-time occupation as she started to write cook books. Her first book, “Top one Hundred Pasta Sauces” has sold well over a million copies and been translated into 12 languages.
Her other books are:
“Eating out in Italy”
“The Top One Hundred Italian Dishes”
“More Great Italian Pasta”
“Favourite Indian Food”
“Diane Seed’s Mediterranean Dishes”
“Italian Cooking with Olive Oil”
“Diane Seed’s Roman Kitchen” or “Rome for all Seasons”
“The Top 100 Italian Rice Dishes”
“Love food, Love Rome” or “The Food Lover’s Guide to the Secrets of Gourmet Rome”
Diane now writes for various magazines on these subjects, as well as travelling the world giving lectures, lessons and demonstrations, spreading the knowledge she has acquired over the years from farms, palazzi, markets,restaurants and family friends.
She loves the far south of Italy, a region generally undiscovered by tourism, where the historic influences of Greece, Spain and the Arab invasions are still reflected in the food. As well as her Roman cooking school she runs classes twice a year on the Amalfi coast, Sicily and Puglia, in the heel of Italy. In the course of her exploration of Mediterranean and Italian food Diane has also acquired expert knowledge of the various olive oils produced. She worked frequently for the International Olive Oil Council, and took part in food promotions all over the world. Diane worked for eight years as the Italian food consultant for Marks and Spencer in the UK, and now spends considerable time helping chefs and suppliers enlarge their repertoire with authentic regional dishes.
In the last two years she has started developing gastronomic tours in those countries she explored while researching her Mediterranean and Indian books.These tours have some cooking but the emphasis is on finding the good food and enjoying the most appealing aspects of these fascinating countries.