Meet Becky Diamond
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Becky Libourel Diamond has had a varied career combining writing and research. Her second book, The Thousand Dollar Dinner, tells the unique story of a 19th century "Top Chef"-style competition between Philadelphia restauranteur James Parkinson and the Delmonico family of NY. The result was a luxurious 17-course feast that helped launch fine restaurant dining in America as we know it today. She is also the author of Mrs. Goodfellow: The Story of America's First Cooking School.
She is currently working on The Gilded Age Cookbook, to be published in Spring 2023 and a Delmonico-themed cookbook with fellow epicurean Max Tucci.
Mrs. Goodfellow is now available in paperback! As seen on PBS's A Taste of History Show and PA Books on PCN. Available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.
"Becky Diamond is the expert on this fascinating historical figure."
~ Chef Walter Staib, A Taste of History, PBS
"A fascinating sociocultural and commercial history."
~ Publishers Weekly
"[Diamond's book] fills a large gap in American culinary history."
~ Library Journal
"A delicious exploration of the life and legacy of one of America's most influential cooks."
~ Pennsylvania Heritage magazine
"[The] narrative, day-in-the-life style [is] a splendid and welcomed addition to the meaty research interspersed."
~ Bryan Kozlowski, author of The Jane Austen Diet
If you'd like to book Becky for a speaking engagement, food demonstration, or book club discussion, you can reach her via email: