Diana Kuan

food writer and culinary instructor
Diana Kuan is a food writer and cooking instructor who is currently working on a Chinese cookbook for Random House/Ballantine. She grew up watching her family run Chinese restaurants and bakeries in Puerto Rico and suburban Massachusetts. After finishing a culinary arts degree in New York and working in a pastry kitchen, she packed her bags and spent two years in China, where she taught Chinese cooking to travelers and expats and began the popular food blog Appetite for China (AppetiteforChina.com). She has appeared on “The CBS Early Show” for a segment on street food in Beijing and on WNYC radio with Law & Order actor BD Wong to discuss favorite Chinese New Year dishes. Her writing on food and travel has appeared in publications such as The Boston Globe, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Time Out New York, and US Airways magazine. She also contributed to the coffee table book Food Journeys of a Lifetime (National Geographic, 2009). Now back in New York, she continues to publish Appetite for China while teaching cooking classes at Whole Foods and The Institute of Culinary Education.