Diane was one of my first cooking teachers and the very first one to make me feel confident and unafraid of all the new foods and theories that threatened to overwhelm me at the beginning of my practice of this gorgeous lifestyle. Before I met Diane, my studies left me with the feeling that there was a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ way of living macrobiotically. After Diane I knew that the sky was the limit and that nothing was right or wrong…everything was in balance, even when it wasn’t. She helped me relax in my life and learn to embrace all that I now know to be true and live it. I love my friendship with Diane. She has always been like my sister, and I look forward to many more years of laughing together until our stomachs hurt.
–Christina Pirello, Emmy Award winner TV host, vegan author and chef. Philadelphia, PA.
I invited Diane to Australia, and she came out all the way to do a cooking workshop…..what a spirit! l was amazed to hear about her large family of 7 children and how they had all been raised on a wholefood/macrobiotic diet. She’s so practical and has great experience in raising such a large family. I also love her book “A Chef for all Seasons,” which has a two week menu plan with simple and delicious dishes.
–Susanna Melkonian, Macrobiotic teacher and mother of two boys. Yarra Valley, Australia
Diane gave cooking classes at the East West Center of Cleveland over two decades ago…and people are still talking about her visit! She inspired with her cooking and compassion and understanding…that’s Diane.
–Bob Carr, Macrobiotic teacher and counselor. Cleveland, OH.
Diane has such a gentle casual way that she makes taking charge of your health a very pleasant experience.
–Sara Ross, Yoga teacher. Becket, MA
Diane knows how to teach about so many different aspects of the macrobiotic lifestyle — cooking, raising children, and applying common sense to everyday situations. Twice my husband and I flew Diane out to our farm here in the mid-west to give intensive weekend cooking classes. It was a lot of work planning menus and buying all the ingredients, but our area was blessed with Diane’s knowledge, warmth and teaching style. The people who came to our cooking classes with Diane were always delighted and felt they came away from these weekends much the wiser and inspired.
–Ruth Hughes, photographer, teacher and owner of an organic farm. Brookville, IN.
It’s been only one week since I left a two-week stay at the Kushi Institute. Diane has given me a dietary plan that I’m doing my best to follow. I’m really going for more vitality and balance. Already, I can tell that the whites of my eyes are whiter and my digestion is finally getting on track.
–Michele Opsal, recent participant at a program at the Kushi Institute. Becket, MA.
Diane is patient and puts things in a practical light so you don’t feel overwhelmed. After working with her I was at peace in my kitchen and comfortable cooking the macro way. I just had to find my own niche. I am extremely grateful.
–Marci Birthisel, recent participant at a program at the Kushi Institute. Becket, MA.