Dianne Jacob

Dianne Jacob

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in April – June 2017

Dianne Jacob is a writer whose work explores the immigrant life of her parents, Orthodox Jews from Iraq, who came to Vancouver in 1949 as refugees and who struggled with identity and feelings of loss and alienation.

Dianne Jacob is author of Will Write for Food The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes and More, considered the food bloggers’ bible, now its third edition. Dianne lives in Oakland, California.

Find out more about Dianne Jacob on her website at www.diannej.com.


In summer 2020, Dianne was preparing the fourth edition for release of Will Write for Food.

Dianne Jacob’s essay The Meaning of Mangoes published in Lucky Peach magazine was the grand prize winner, MFK Fisher Awards for Excellence in Culinary Writing, Les Dames Escoffier. It also won Best Essay, Association of Food Journalists, and was included in Best Food Writing 2016. The essay explains Dianne’s complicated identity as the daughter of Iraqi Jews from China.

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