Diane Seed, author of the best-selling "The Top One Hundred Pasta Sauces" and many other books on Italian, Mediterranean and Indian cooking, has lived in Rome for over 30 years. She has a cooking school in the centre of Rome.
Diane also takes people to explore exciting destinations like Sicily, Puglia and the Amalfi Coast, and in the last four years she has started developing gastronomic tours to countries she explored while researching her Mediterranean and Indian books. These tours have some cooking but the emphasis is on finding good food and wine while enjoying the most appealing aspects of these fascinating countries. The Gourmet Adventures feature Greece, Andalusia, Istanbul, Marrakech and India.
Marrakech and Seville, Cordoba and Granada in April. Both can be booked separately or together.
May - 4 days on the Amalfi Coast n search of great food, with a dinner and cooking class at the legendary 'Don Alfonso'. After this we fly south to Sicily to explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites, cook, eat and drink, keeping an eye out for Commissario Montalbano. Both of these can also be booked separately.
This year my Greece week in September will be based in the Peloponnese where we will cook, eat and swim before revisiting Ancient Greece with visits to Delphi, Mycenae and Epidaurus.
Budapest in October with 2 days in Vienna or Prague
Today air travel has become fraught with problems but I still travel a lot, and for me the arrival more than makes up for the 'travelling hopefully'. Certain places make me feel I have known and loved them in another lifetime while others are excitingly alien. Greece has been my summer Mecca for many years, demanding a yearly pilgrimage, and in the last few years I have started to add gastronomic tours to those countries I explored while researching my Mediterranean book. I fell in love with India through books, long before my first visit, and the many trips I made while writing my Indian cook book added another perennial pleasure.
These tours have some cooking, usually 2 or 3 lessons, but the emphasis is on finding the good food and enjoying the most appealing aspects of these fascinating countries.
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