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Sarah Elton

Sarah Elton

Sarah Elton is the bestselling author of three books.

Her first book Locavore : From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat is a bestseller and won Gold at the Canadian Culinary Book Awards. It was also named one of’s top 50 books of 2010 and is a David Suzuki Foundation Book Club pick.

Locavore was soon followed by a look at how to feed the world in the future, titled Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet for which Sarah traveled around the globe, reporting on the sustainable food movement in countries such as India and France. Consumed made the national bestseller list in its first week.

In the United States, Consumed was published by the University of Chicago Press. There, it won a Choice Magazine (American Library Association) CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Sarah’s first book for young people ages ten plus is titled Starting from Scratch: What You Need to Know About Food and Cooking. This book was shortlisted for both the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction as well as the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Red Maple Award in 2015.

Sarah Elton is a Lupina Junior Doctoral Fellow with the Comparative Program on Health and Society at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs; she is a doctoral student in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, also at the U of T.

Sarah has written for many publications including Maclean’s Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, Lucky Peach Magazine and And for more than ten years she was the food columnist for CBC Radio One’s Here and Now.

Sarah is an instructor with the Fellowship in Global Journalism at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Sarah speaks regularly at conferences, universities, colleges, libraries and at all sorts of events. She has been invited to speak at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism as well as at the James Beard House in New York City as part of their Enlightened Eaters series. Other past highlights include a TEDX talk at the University of Guelph, a debate alongside Mark Bittman of The New York Times at the Conference Board of Canada Food Summit and an on-stage event with Michael Pollan as part of the 2013 Eden Mills’ Writers’ Festival.

For six years, Sarah proudly sat on the board of directors of the freedom of expression organization, PEN Canada. She is a constant reader, an outdoor enthusiast and lives in Toronto with her family, near the edge of the Don Valley. You might see her riding her longjohn style cargo bike around the neighbourhood, on her way to the farmers’ market, to yoga class or to the library.

Stay tuned for her next book for children Meatless: A fresh look at vegetarianism to be published Spring 2017 by Owl Kids Books.

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