Sarah Elton Bestselling Author, Public Health Researcher, Food Studies Scholar

Sarah Elton is the bestselling author of four books about food. She is also a food studies scholar in the social sciences.

Sarah’s 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 Amazon.ca’s top 50 books of 2010 and is a David Suzuki Foundation Book Club pick.

Locavore was 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 has also written two books about food for kids: Starting from Scratch: What You Need to Know About Food and Cooking and Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat. Both books are published by Owlkids Books.

Sarah Elton is a doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her work is in the area of ecological public health and food systems. She is studying the social factors that shape the human-nature relationship by looking at gardeners in the city and the plants they grow for food during this time of climate change, migration and increasing social inequality. The website for her doctoral study can be found here. She is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship. Sarah’s contribution to the scholarly literature looking at the retail foodscape has been published in the journal Critical Public Health. She also collaborated in the writing of an article published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development and co-wrote the report Conserving Biodiversity: A Public Health Imperative for EcoHealth Ontario.

Sarah has been a graduate fellow at the Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough (2017-2018); and a Lupina Junior Doctoral Fellow with the Comparative Program on Health and Society at the U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs (2016-2017). Also at the University of Toronto, Sarah teaches two food and society courses to undergraduates.

As a journalist, Sarah has written for many publications including Maclean’s Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and TheAtlantic.com. For more than ten years she was the food columnist for CBC Radio One’s Here and Now.

Sarah speaks regularly at conferences, universities, colleges, libraries and at all sorts of events. Watch Sarah answer Steve Paikin’s questions about food and health as a guest on TVO’s The Agenda.

For six years, Sarah proudly sat on the board of directors of the freedom of expression organization, PEN Canada. She is a library devotee, a constant reader and an outdoor enthusiast. She lives in Toronto with her family, not too far from the Don Valley. She is grateful to live and work here on Dish with One Spoon territory, the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, the Mississaugas and the Anishinaabe.