Diana vW

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Occupation Author, Speaker, Travel Journalist
Location Southern California, United States
Introduction I am the author of nine books, including seven cookbooks. Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook (written with Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen), has sold nearly a million copies. My other books include The Pleasure of Your Company (winner of the French Tastemaker “Cookbook of the Year” award), Celebrations: Menus for Entertaining, and The von Welanetz Guide to Ethnic Ingredients. My late husband Paul von Welanetz and I hosted our own long-running daily television series, The New Way Gourmet. In 1985, Paul and I launched a motivational breakfast club with internationally renowned speakers, The Inside Edge (www.InsideEdge.org). My romantic memoir, Send Me Someone: (Renaissance/St. Martin's) was featured nationally on television and in People Magazine. What I value most is living a life of beauty and grace--a heartful life. I love to travel with my husband Ted Wentworth and would love to do more speaking internationally on “The World of Food”, “Entertaining with Heart and Ease”, and “Your Life as a Work of Art". I am honored to be a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier International.
Interests Creating beauty, writing, learning a new poem by heart every week, cooking, keeping an illustrated journal, being Present, living a heartful life, cultivating and nurturing my daughters and their families and my inner circle of women friends, watercolor and drawing, reading.
Favorite Movies Ghost, Departures, Julie/Julia
Favorite Books Eat, Pray, Love, Broken Open, Send Me Someone, poetry by Hafiz and Rumi