About Diane


Long considered an expert on California and contemporary American cuisine, Diane Rossen Worthington is the author of 20 cookbooks, an award-winning radio show host, food and travel writer, nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services, former Editor-in-Chief of Epicurus.com and food consultant.

She has appeared frequently as a media food expert on television and radio shows, including The Today Show, Fox and Friends, The Television Food Network, CNN, and NPR. She twice won the prestigious International James Beard Award for “California Foods with Diane Worthington,” the talk show she hosted which aired every Saturday morning on KABC Radio in Los Angeles. Diane Rossen Worthington lives in Los Angeles, California.





  • The Cuisine of California (J.P.Tarcher), 1983)
  • The Taste of Summer (Bantam, 1988)
  • The California Cook (Bantam, 1994)
  • American Bistro (Chronicle Books, 1997
  • Potatoes (Time Life Books,1994) ( A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Stir Fry (Time Life Books, 1994) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Diner (Sunset Books, 1995)
  • Appetizers, Soups and Salads (Time Life Books, 1995) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Vegetables and Side Dishes (Time Life Books, 1995) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Picnics and Tailgates (Time Life Books, 1998) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Snow Country Cooking (Time Life Books, 1999) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Ducks Unlimited “Adventure in Cooking” Recipe Cookbook ( Published by Jan Peskitt, 1999)
  • Soup (Simon and Schuster, 2001) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • Seriously Simple (Chronicle Books, 2002)
  • French (Simon and Schuster, 2003) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • American Bistro, Paperback Edition, (Chronicle Books, 2003)
  • Soups and Stews (Simon and Schuster, 2004) (A Williams-Sonoma Book)
  • The Taste of the Season: Inspired Recipes for Fall and Winter, Paperback Edition (Chronicle Books, 2004)
  • The New California Cook, Paperback Edition (Chronicle Books, 2006)
  • Seriously Simple Holidays (Chronicle Books, 2007)
  • Seriously Simple Deck of Cards (Chronicle Books, 2008)
  • Seriously Simple Parties ( Chronicle Books fall, 2012)

See Diane’s Books


  • The James Beard Award Best Radio Show Host, 1994
  • The James Beard Award Best Radio Show Host, 1995
  • California Image Maker Award, 1995


  • Cookbook Editor, Bon Appetit Books, Knapp Press, 1984
  • Food Editor and restaurant critic, KCET Magazine, 1988-1990
  • Contributing Editor James Beard Foundation Newsletter, 1991-1994
  • Food Editor, The Orange County Hotel Book, 1990-1992
  • Food Editor, The Connoisseurs Guide to Los Angeles, 1990-1992
  • Food Editor, VirtualGrocers.com, 1999
  • Food Editor, MyFamily.com, 1999-2000
  • Editor-in-Chief, Epicurus.com, 1997- 2007
  • Weekly Syndicated Columnist Tribune Media Service “Seriously Simple” 2007-present



  • Dupont Teflon Cookware
  • All Clad Cookware
  • The California Avocado Commission
  • The Idaho Potato Commission
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Nature Sweet Tomatoes
  • Good Food


  • The Proctor and Gamble Food Division
  • El Torito Restaurant Corporation


  • Moderator for the Symposium on California Cuisine, UCLA, 1984
  • Moderator for the Symposium of American Cuisine, 1985
  • Coordinator of The California Wine Perspective, New York, 1986,87,88
  • Visiting Instructor Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, St. Helena California, Food Writing Symposium, 1997, 98, 99
  • Instructor at UCLA How to Write a Cookbook, 2000


  • B.A. University of California Berkeley, 1970
  • M.S. University of Southern California, 1975
  • Certificate London Cordon Bleu, 1971
  • Private classes with James Beard, Madeleine Kamman, Guiliano Bugialli and Jacques Pepin


  • Seriously Simple: a national branding of the Seriously Simple concept including media, books and articles.
  • Seriously Simple Parties, Chronicle Books, to be published Fall 2012.
  • Weekly Tribune Media Services syndicated columnist, Seriously Simple column.
  • Reader at the Huntington Library: Early California cooking research.