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Diana Moles

Connection to Illinois: Moles lives in Chicago.

Biography: Diana Moles is senior vice president of innovation at Eli’s Cheesecake, where she oversees the baking team in the development and commercialization of new products. She received her professional training at the American Institute of Baking and the Culinary Institute of America. A member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Diana was a featured pastry chef, representing the State of Illinois, at the James Beard Awards reception on two occasions. Among her other accomplishments, Diana was invited to be a guest chef at both the Obama White House and Lornado, the official residence of the US Ambassador to Canada, under Ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend: Updated 40th Anniversary Edition with New Recipes and Stories
ISBN: 157284308X OCLC:

Agate Surrey 2021

The story of Eli’s Cheesecake began more than forty years ago. It rose to prominence originally as the featured dessert at one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants: Eli’s The Place for Steak, a classic steakhouse, pillar of the city’s culinary community, and noted celebrity watering hole. This book details the storied history of one of the nation’s most famous desserts, all the way from Eli Schulman’s first cheesecake to President Obama’s 50th birthday cake to the creation of four towering, 2,000 lb. cheesecakes served at inaugural festivities in Washington, DC. The second edition of the Eli's Cheesecake Cookbook has been fully expanded and updated in honor of the 40th anniversary of Eli's Cheesecake. In addition to the classics featured in the first edition, the new edition features even more cheesecake recipes, including Basque, Cherry Vanilla, Hawaiian, Carrot Cake Cheesecake, and Holiday Cheesecake Dippers―one of Oprah's Favorite Things. You'll also find many more signature dishes from Eli’s The Place for Steak, including Chicken Vesuvio, Pepper Steak, Corned Beef Hash, Potato Pancakes, and French Onion Soup, and an all-new chapter showcasing Eli's bakers from around the world sharing their favorite family recipes.