Diane Rocha

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Introduction The picture above was taken at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon on my summer Odyssey. I have been baking bread for 36 years and am still in awe when I take a fresh loaf from the oven. In my day job, I teach 7th graders how to fall in love once again with words and language in the form of reading & writing. We also study medieval world history by reading about it and then doing something with it like acting it out, or writing about it, etc.; culminating the school year with a schoolwide Renaissance Faire, of which I am the reigning Queen. I have two grown children, Cate and Matthew, of whom I am extremely proud. They are spectacular human beings, as gorgeous on the inside as they are externally. I am an avid cookbook collector with a huge collection. I am delighted to be a part of this challenge. I have made breads that I have never heard of. I have made breads that I thought were out of my league, and yet they have turned out to be fabulous. This has pushed me to be adventurous in my bread baking. I have learned so much, and I look forward to expanding that knowledge each week with others in this challenge, my partners in yeast.
Interests Cooking, baking (obviously), ballroom dancing, gardening, reading, collecting cookbooks, writing.
Favorite Movies Notting Hill, You've Got Mail, Mystic Pizza, Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion, Pretty Woman.
Favorite Music Anything by Bonnie Raitt, Steely Dan, The Eagles, or Frank Sinatra, especially My Way, New York New York, Fly Me to the Moon, Summer Wind, I've Got You Under My Skin, most musicals, especially Les Mis, Phantom, Sweet Charity, Pajama Game, How to Succeed, Guys & Dolls, and Wicked. Latin dance music like, I'm Outta Love, I Need to Know, Strut, and anything I can West Coast Swing to.
Favorite Books East of Eden, A Mother and Two Daughters, The Grapes of Wrath, The Way to Cook, From Julia Child's Kitchen, The Giver, Jacob Have I Loved, The Great Gilly Hopkins, The Bean Trees, Under the Tuscan Sun.

You've written a hit musical! How will you avoid having fame go to your head?

Are you kidding? I won't! I'd be so stoked! Not about the glamour and the Paparazzi, but I'd be so jazzed about writing something so totally cool. Seriously, though, I'm a pretty grounded person. I'd probably be one of those people who tried to keep a low profile, because while I do like attention, I wouldn't want my entire life splashed all over the tabloids for everyone to judge.