Baby Born During Cooking Class, Named After Barley

On 17 September 1984, cooking instructor Diane Avoli was in the middle of teaching her students how to make stuffed cabbage when she went into labor.

She gave birth to a baby girl–her seventh daughter–just a few minutes later.

After the birth, the cooking students helped Diane and her husband choose a name. Here’s how Diane explained it:

They were saying that we should name her after something we were cooking, and someone jokingly suggested cabbage patch, but someone else said ‘pearl’ after a kind of barley we were cooking, so we picked that for a middle name.

The baby was named Kristen Pearl.

(According to Diane’s website, she has eight children. Her eighth is a boy.)


  • “Class Gets Real Childbirth Lesson.” Tuscaloosa News 20 Sept. 1984: 3.
  • “Good thing the cooks could boil water.” Wilmington Morning Star 24 Sept. 1984: 2C.

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