Diane and her husband, Tom Maresca, cook together all the time for themselves, family, and friends. The pair have co-authored two books on Italian food, wine, and dining: La Tavola Italiana and The Seasons of the Italian Kitchen.
Diane has been a columnist and contributing editor for Long Island Newsday, Time-Life’s Great Meals in Minutes book series, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate’s FoodStyles feature service, Birnbaum’s France, and Warner Audio Publishing Company. She has had articles published in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Daily News, The Journal of Gastronomy, Saveur, Wine & Spirits, and Wine News. She has done consulting and made presentations for the New School Culinary Arts Program, the TV Food Network, the Italian Government Trade Commission, and both the Center for Continuing Education and the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University.
But before, during, and after all that, she kept her day jobs.
She spent 30 years as an editor for several international consulting firms. Earlier, she was a university teacher and administrator, with a PhD in literature from the University of California. Now retired, when she isn’t cooking she volunteers for The Morgan Library & Museum, City Harvest, The High Line, New York City Audubon, Project Gutenberg, and a community garden in her Greenwich Village neighborhood.
Follow Diane on her blog: dianescookbooks.