Dana JacobiDana Jacobi is known for creativity and innovation in recipes, food writing, and product development. Her work is praised for her appealing, healthy food, featuring easy techniques. Readers and clients enjoy her warm and informative style.

Dana has written 10 best-selling cookbooks, including two ground-breaking cookbooks on soy, both honored by distinguished culinary awards. She writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column, Something Different and has produced numerous magazine features. She was also the first food writeer to work full-time on-line and to host a food chat room.

Dana has marketed her own specialty food line, created products for Kraft-General Foods and Arrowhead Mills, run a catering service, and served as spokesperson for companies and commodity boards, appearing for them on television, radio, and live on-line, nationally and across Canada.

As an instructor and lecturer, Dana teaches recreational and professional classes. She has presented to private and trade audiences as diverse as Culinary Institute of Amercia chefs, specialty food store owners, Harvard business school alumi, and nuns.

Dana lives in New York City. When not cooking, she knits, reads and enjoys sailing.

Detailed History


  • The Essential Best Foods Cookbook (Rodale, 2008)
  • 12 Best Foods Cookbook (Rodale, 2005)
  • Amazing Soy (Wm Morrow, 2001)
    - Received Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook in English.
  • The Natural Kitchen: Soy, revised as The Joy of Soy (Prima, 1996, 1999)
    - James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in 1996
  • The Best of Clay Pot Cooking (HarperCollins, 1995)
  • The Natural Health Cookbook (Simon & Schuster, 1995)
Williams-Sonoma Books
  • The Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking (Fall, 2008)
  • Food Made Fast: Vegetarian (2007)
  • The New Healthy Kitchen: Sauteing (2007)
  • The Essentials of Healthful Cooking (2003) - James Beard Foundation Award Finalist
  • The Joy of Cooking, 1997 Edition
  • Stopping Cancer Before It Starts, by the American Institute For Cancer Research (Golden Books, 1999) - Recipes
  • The Cardiovascular Cure, by John Cooke, M.D. (Broadway Books, 2002) - recipes
Magazines and Newspapers
  • Cooking Light
  • Cooking Pleasures
  • Cooks Magazine
  • Eating Well
  • Food & Wine
  • Natural Health
  • Prevention
  • Vegetarian Times
  • Associated Press
Internet Content
  • Prodigy – Food Editor and Chat Room Host
  • - Food Editor and Chat Room Host
  • (Hearst)
  • (DuPont)


  • The Mushroom Council
  • The Soyfoods Council
  • National Soyfoods Association of North America
  • GNC stores
  • Maple Leaf Farms (Canada)

Media Appearances

  • The Splendid Table (NPR)
  • Good Food (NPR)
  • Shopping Smart with Phil Lempert (WOR-AM network)
  • Food Talk with Arthur Schwartz (WOR-AM network)
  • Television Food Network
  • ABC, NBC and CBS-TV

Product Development

  • Karen Lee Natural Chinese Sauces
  • Arrowhead Mills canned soups (#1 ranked by The New York Times), canned chili, pasta dinners, and cold cereals
  • Nabisco healthy snacks
  • Thomas Garraway (Kraft-General Foods) - Chocolates and Specialty Foods
  • Michel’s Magnifique Chutney and Relishes

Classes, Demonstrations, Lectures

  • Wegman’s
  • Central Market
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Family Circle, Ladies’Home Journal, and Eating Well test kitchens
  • National Association of Specialty Food Trade
  • Internatioal Association of Culinary Professionals
  • United Stated Dept. of Agriculture - School Lunch Program
  • Harvard Business School Alumni Association