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 by Globe Pequot in Spring 2023.
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: