Previously a newspaper, magazine, and publishing company editor-in-chief, Dianne Jacob became a full-time writing coach, author, and freelance editor in 1996.
She coaches writers around the world on writing and publishing books, freelance articles, and blogs. Jacob has also edited cookbooks for publishers, including Time Inc., Andrews-McMeel and Weldon Owen.
Will Write for Food has won three international awards for excellence, including Best Literary Food Reference Book, The Gourmand World Cookbook Award for best book in the USA in its category, and a Silver Nautilus award in the Creative Process category. College and university professors use Will Write for Food as a textbook across the US.
Dianne is also the co-author of two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe. Their most recent book, The United States of Pizza (Rizzoli, 2015), was recommended by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and NPR as one of the best cookbooks of the year. The United States of Pizza also won a 2015 national award for cookbooks from IndieFab. They wrote Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas in 2008. Dianne wrote The Good Pantry (Oxmoor House, 2015), with recipes from Cooking Light.
Dianne’s weekly blog, at www.diannej.com, is aimed at writers and covers trends, issues, and techniques.
Dianne has been a judge for the James Beard Foundation‘s annual cookbook awards, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual cookbook awards, and the IACP Food Writing Awards. She was a finalist for an IACP food writing award in 2007.
As a freelance writer, she has written feature articles for a variety of publications, including Lucky Peach and The Washington Post. Her essay in Lucky Peach, The Meaning of Mangoes, was the grand prize winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing in 2016. It also won Best Essay from the Association of Food Journalists annual awards, and is included in the anthology Best Food Writing 2016.
Based in Oakland, CA, USA, Dianne is a speaker and teacher who travels around the world to teach and present, including in London, Dubai, Vancouver, Turkey, Cambodia, and Australia.