Cynthia Daddona

Cynthia Daddona

RomancingTheTable.com's Cynthia Daddona as "Aphfoodite"

Cynthia is an award-winning on-camera personality-interviewer, author, wellbeing lifestyle expert & journalist (food, travel, home, wellbeing, film/TV), comedienne-actress (SAG-AFTRA), indie film producer and an accomplished Mediterranean Natural Foods cook and positive living & spirit led life coach. She is the host of ModernDayGoddess.com® and RomancingTheTable.com® which celebrates life, love, food, films, travel, home and wisdom – often with a Mediterranean twist.

Cynthia is also the host-producer-director of the #1 New York Times’ About.com Culinary-Travel DVD – A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class, filmed on the beautiful island of Santorini and Under the Grecian Sun with the Goddess and the G(r)eek® filmed on the Greek Island of Crete, the official opening night London Greek Film Festival selection and a Los Angeles Taste Awards Audience Award Nominee. In Ravello, Italy, she also hosted and produced a popular video segment about her visit to an Italian Cooking School taught by Mamma Agata, a notable and Italian cook. In addition, she recently hosted an ongoing, 6-part live-TV segment-series called “Well Being for the Body and Soul” (food-travel-home-well being) on AZTV which broadcasted to over two million viewers. Cynthia also successfully helped her husband through an environmental health challenge by applying her wellbeing wisdom of healing foods, positive living and a healing home.

She has given talks, presentations and performed with wisdom and wit in the US and the Mediterranean ranging on a variety of topics: personal growth, helpful self-help with humor, wellbeing, The Mediterranean Lifestyle, Food and Diet and realizing one’s dreams, even in the midst of life challenges.

Cynthia has showcased her conscious comedy at Stand-Up New York, Caroline’s, Don’t Tell Mama on Broadway, The Improv in LA and Soho in Santa Barbara, California. The LA Times said: “Cynthia Daddona has a truly divine sense of humor.” She was also encouraged by comedy icon Jonathan Winters who she met when she interviewed him. He described Cynthia as a “very funny lady” who help him get in touch with his “inner goddess!” (Referring to her humorous and helpful self-help book Diary of A Modern Day Goddess.) Cynthia has also given over 100 talks on the topics in her book and from her own life, love and personal growth laboratory.

In addition, she has become a dynamic presenter on television, at special events, conferences and culinary programs. As a keynote speaker at SPA Magazine’s national conference, “Living Life in Balance” Cynthia provided life wisdom tips. She has also spoken to travelers about regional dishes and the health benefits of Mediterranean cuisine and has made presentations on wellness, Mediterranean cooking and lifestyle at top spas, cruises, festivals, churches and at Whole Foods, Inc. who described Cynthia as “a natural, vibrant and engaging guest-chef/presenter who excels at educating, entertaining and feeding audiences.”

Cynthia’s American-Italian-Greek heritage, culinary journeys, home cooking experience, wit, life and longevity wisdom, humor and stories entertain and inspire by offering her audiences insights on how to create a more delicious, healthier, soulful and happier life. In addition, she won 1st place for one of her Mediterranean recipes in the International Mediterranean Diet Competition. Cynthia also enjoys providing Well-Being Consultations for a happier, healthier, home, body, mind and soul. (Learn more)

Cynthia’s recipes for positive living, well-being, laughter, spirituality, happy relationships, holistic living, delicious dining, inviting tables and delicious, healthy Mediterranean-inspired cuisine help audiences create and savor times together around the table. She believes sitting at a table eating healthy delicious food, whether alone or with friends and loved ones, is nourishing to the soul and that feeding people is a sacred act. Cynthia gives back in a variety of ways, including providing ideas to help with houselessness, coordinating neighborhood warm for winter items drive and participating monthly in The Neighborhood Food Project.

She is also the author of the top-selling book Diary of A Modern Day Goddess® a lighthearted wellness-guide for nurturing the body, mind and soul (Published by HCI who is also the publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul ® series). The Los Angeles Times called her book “Lighthearted Enlightenment!” and Comedy Legend Jonathan Winters said “Cynthia Daddona is a very funny lady who helped me get in touch with my inner goddess!

At age ten, Cynthia’s father gave her an innovative book of its time called “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale which launched her lifelong quest of personal growth knowledge and the power of prayer.

At age 25, she attended several Tony Robbins seminars that gave her the courage and belief needed to achieve many of her life goals! In her thirties, she began practicing meditation, Unity principles, the work of other personal growth & wisdom masters such as Jack Canfield, Catherine Ponder, Florence Scovel Shinn and others. Over the years she has studied the Power of Prayer and how ones thoughts and diet affects one’s wellbeing. Cynthia has a regular prayer practice which has provided not only health benefits but also a stronger connection with her faith, spirituality, divine inner wisdom and creativity.

Today, Cynthia enjoys reading uplifting books and talking with others about their wisdom. She is passionate about combining her humor, soulful wisdom, positive energy, the power of prayer, spirituality and principles from her popular book and experiences from her own life, love and spiritual laboratory to inspire and guide others toward living a more healthier, soulful, joyful, greener and delicious life. Read her inspiring story “Life Lessons…” in which she overcame adversity through the power of prayer, her personal growth and wellbeing knowledge to increase her faith, love, courage and connection to humanity. Her article was featured in Spirituality and Health magazine and was honored with a Writers Digest International Writing Competition award.


Award-Winning On-Camera Personality, Actress, Comedienne, Author, Speaker and Lifestyle Journalist. Includes clips from Television & Films, Life Wisdom, Travel, Comedy, Cooking, Celebrity Interviews, Public Appearances and Speaking.


Award-Winning On-Camera Personality, Actress, Author, Speaker and Well-Being Lifestyle Journalist/Expert. Cynthia Daddona recently hosted an ongoing, 6-part live-TV segment-series called “Well Being for the Body and Soul” (food-travel-well being) on AZTV which broadcasted to over two million viewers.

Cynthia’s on-camera talent lies in her lighthearted, insightful commentary and interviewing style developed from her varied backgrounds in TV, radio, print journalism, comedy and acting. Her work has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC, E!, NPR radio, USA Network and Martha Stewart Living Radio, as well as the LA Times, Travel World News, First for Women, USA Today, Body, Mind & Spirit, Whole Living, Spirituality and Health magazine and many others.

As a lifestyle journalist Cynthia has interviewed over 100 celebrities on and off the red carpet and has traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean covering destinations, culture and cooking programs. She has also won awards for her lifestyle reporting-interviews, humor, comedy writing, performing talents and healthy Mediterranean recipes. Cynthia has received two Telly Awards as an on-camera interviewer/host and producer. One of her Telly Awards are for her coverage of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, where she asked the stars on the red carpet to talk about film, the culture and their favorite Greek foods.

She also appeared in the popular romantic comedy film It’s Complicated with Meryl Streep and as a classical Mediterranean beauty in NBC’s Undercovers –Tuscany Episode.

As part of her efforts to promote a delicious and healthy lifestyle, Cynthia is also a culinary advisory board member for the Mediterranean Foods Alliance – a group whose efforts help educate the public about the benefits and pleasures of eating Mediterranean cuisine, one of the healthiest in the world. She is also a member of the Slow Food Association, an international grass-roots movement that emphasizes the enjoyment of food with a commitment to community, sustainable farming and the environment.

She is also working on an inspirational documentary love story about finding true love later in life and sustaining it.

Cynthia is grateful to share her life of love, courage, creativity and faith with her Greek-American husband James on the west coast.

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with Cynthia Daddona
Award-Winning On-Camera Personality,
author of Diary of a Modern Day Goddess,
Lifestyle Journalist,
Host of RomancingTheTable.com®
& the Host of the #1 New York Times’ About.com Culinary-Travel DVD

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“Cynthia is a great morning show guest. Her humor & energy wake people up with a smile. This goddess has it all.” – Jeanne Bergh, CBS News

“Cynthia is a Pretty Woman and very spiritual” – Garry Marshall, Director of Film and TV, Actor, Screenwriter; Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries I & II, Dear God, Happy Days, A League of Their Own, etc.

“Lighthearted Enlightenment!” — Ann Shields, Los Angeles Times

“Cynthia Daddona is a natural, vibrant and engaging presenter. As a guest chef, she excels at educating, entertaining and feeding audiences with he ‘Healthy Mediterranean Food & Lifestyle Tips.’ She is charismatic and a delight to work with.” – – Ryan Wooden, Marketing and Demonstrations Whole Foods Market, Inc.

“Cynthia definitely has the television charisma X factor.” — Senior Vice-President Television Executive

“Cynthia’s engaging and joyful presence comes through on-camera and in her inspiring stories of a woman’s journey of finding self love, true love and the love of human connection discovered through cooking, creativity, and grace at the dining table.” — Sidney Clifton; Creator, Exec. Producer of The Celebration Table with Maya Angelou

“In our ten years of programming. Cynthia Daddona was one of our best guests. She is beautiful, lively, informative and the camera loves her!” — Paul Van Name, Director – Wisdom Television®

“Cynthia Daddona will nurture your spirit, uplift your soul and tickle your funny bone. She is an inspirational example of someone who believes in herself, her work, stays focused and affirms her success to manifest her dreams.” — Jack Canfield, Co-creator of #1 NY best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®, The Secret® Teacher and Co-Author of The Success Principles®

“Cynthia Daddona is a breath of fresh air that sparkles like a morning sunrise.” — Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of #1 New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul® and Co-Author of Cracking The Millionaire Code: Your Key to Enlightened Wealth

“Cynthia Daddona is an engaging and entertaining speaker whose wit and insight provide the healing power one would expect from a modern-day goddess.” — Marsha Bailey, CEO and Founder, Women’s Economic Ventures

“My #1 choice for a fabulous gift is A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class video. It is one of the most beautiful and educational productions I’ve seen. Cynthia Daddona hosts this cooking-lesson-tour-romantic-interlude from the Greek island of Santorini. This program is as much a travelogue as it is a cooking video. The videography is beautiful, Cynthia is an engaging TV host, and the recipes are oh-so tempting. A section of the production is devoted to exploring ingredients, and it’s fascinating! If you can’t take a trip to the Greek islands this year, this is the next best thing!” — Nancy Gaifyllia, New York Times’ About.com

“Greece is the Culinary Word! If you ache for the Aegean yet your bank account hurts even more, let Cynthia Daddona who hosts A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class video journey take you to the spectacular archipelago of Santorini. Daddona, known for her best-selling book Diary of A Modern Day Goddess, was married on this enchanted isle, so she’s a perfect guide to its beauty and culinary bounty…” — George Yatchisin, Food Editor – The Santa Barbara Independent

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Goddess and the Greek’s Crete culinary travel adventure! The food looked so good! I loved the interviews with the locals and the experts. Cynthia is delightful on-camera and I felt like I was on the trip with her and her husband! They made the travel look easy and overall left me with a strong desire to hop on a plane to Crete after planning my very own Greek vacay. Such a cute couple full of joy and light!. Thanks to the Goddess and the Greek!” – Roxy Angel Superstar, California

“Cynthia Daddona skillfully hosts this romantic culinary travel journey Crete: Under the Grecian Sun & her improvisational comedic talents also shine through making for a very entertaining program!” – The Hellenic Journal

“I just watched Cynthia Daddona’s documentary Crete – Under the Grecian Sun this afternoon and I enjoyed it very much. The writing, editing and hosting are quite good and its fun to watch.” — Larry Sakin, Exec. Producer – BEING GEORGE CLOONEY documentary, Radio-Host-Writer and Alternative Energy Advocate

“I highly recommend A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class (video program) hosted by Cynthia Daddona. It is an incredible and uplifting video that made me feel like I traveled on a private journey without leaving my home. I felt like I was right there in Greece with Cynthia. As a host, Cynthia is authentic and brilliant on-camera. Her videos, book and work over the years, have inspired me to want to cook and travel, but most of all Cynthia has awakened me to want to experience more of my inner joy and to live a life with more appreciation and celebration. There is magic in experiencing Cynthia’s energy, expressions, ability to connect with others and a refreshing inner spirit that sparkles on-camera and in-person. It is the spirit of who Cynthia is and the way she lives her life as a celebration. After viewing the DVD, I couldn’t wait to eat Greek food. On Cynthia’s website, RomancingTheTable.com, I learned the important elements of the Mediterranean Diet and how to make a traditional Greek salad that I love eating several times a week. I think A Greek Islands Destination Cooking Class DVD, Cynthia and her online recipes & lifestyle tips are refreshing and delicious!” — Teresa Rodgers, Organizational Consultant, DivineOrder1.com


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