(1923-03-03) 3 March 1923 (age 91) Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom
Diana Kennedy is an author and authority on Mexican cooking. A native of the United Kingdom, she started traveling in Mexico in 1957 with her husband, Paul Kennedy, who was a correspondent for the New York Times. She has been called the "Julia Child of Mexican Cuisine" and has spent 45 years traveling through Mexico researching cooking techniques and the history of Mexican cuisine. Her first cookbook was published in 1972.
1957: Arrived in Mexico to marry Paul P. Kennedy, foreign correspondent for the New York Times.
--?--: Started to study and record Mexican recipes and ingredients informally.
1966: Moved to New York, United States, where Paul died in 1967.
1969: At Craig Claiborne's (food editor of New York Times) urging started to give Mexican cooking lessons in New York and spent more than half the next 7 years travelling intensively to do research for future books.
1972 to present: Since the publication of the first book, The Cuisines of Mexico, until the present day, giving cooking lessons in classical Mexican cuisine, in practically all the principal cities of the United States and Mexico, including special programmes in Atlanta, Aspen, Hawaii, Monterey, San Diego, Vail, and Washington DC, many of them for the Mexican government. Has given classes and illustrated lectures on the foods and markets of Mexico in Canada, the UK, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Illustrated talks on the edible plants of Mexico to the Society for Economic Botany, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
Gastronome, Cooking, Clipper, Conde Nast Traveller, Sabor, Mexican Food Magazine, Amistad (American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico), Intercambio (British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico), México Desconocido (a series of illustrated articles on little-known recipes), CIDAP, Artes de Mexico, Food & Wine.
The Cuisines of Mexico, Harper & Row, 1972, revised HarperCollins, New York, 1986 (ISBN 9780061814815)
The Tortilla Book, Harper & Row 1975, revised Harper Collins, New York, 1991 (ISBN 9780060123475)
Recipes from the Regional Cooks of Mexico, Harper & Row 1978, revised as Mexican Regional Cooking, Harper Collins, New York, 1990 (ISBN 9780060123482)
Nothing Fancy (a book of personal recipes) Dial Press 1984, paperback North Point Press 1989, Ten-Speed Press, Berkeley, 1999 (ISBN 9780385278591)
The Art of Mexican Cooking, Bantam Books 1989/ re-issued by Clarkson Potter 2008 (ISBN 9780307383259)