Journalist and Author of Locavore and Consumed
"For anyone who gives thought to what we consume at our meal tables, this book will take you on a heart-warming trip around the world and return you home enlightened, informed and inspired."—Gill Deacon, author of There’s Lead in Your Lipstick
Sarah Elton is an award-winning author and journalist. Her most recent book, Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet, made the national bestseller list in its first week. Consumed has been described by internationally renowned food journalist Michael Pollan as “a terrific new book.” Food writer Naomi Duguid called it “A must-have for anyone interested in food.” The American Library Association's Choice Magazine recognized Consumed with a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award. Elton’s first book Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat is a national 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. Her new book for kids, Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know About Food and Cooking, “is an intelligent introduction to food and cooking meant for children 10 or older but useful for adult beginners as well” (New York Times) and was a finalist for the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Red Maple Award.
Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet
Sarah Elton travelled around the world to research her new book Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet and found a social movement that is working quickly behind the scenes to change the way we eat. In this talk, Elton tackles the big question of how we will be able to feed our growing world population at a time when climate change is making the status quo untenable. She tells stories of hope that she found on her travels: real-life working examples of how people are combining innovation with an ethos of sustainability to create better ways of getting food to our plates. The good news is that if we look to the creative ideas springing from the grassroots, we may be able to find a path into the future that is both sustainable and delicious.
Connect With Your Food, Connect With the Planet
In this talk, Sarah Elton invites you to connect with what you eat as a step towards building a better culture of food—the kind of culture we need during this time of climate change. Drawing on stories from her books, Elton details the benefits of paying attention to where, and how, food is grown, as well as to the seasons that not long ago determined what we ate. She argues that by engaging with food, by doing things like cooking from scratch or growing a tomato plant, we can rediscover an important part of what makes us human and remind ourselves that we too are part of the cycles of nature. We are, after all, what we eat.
Starting from Scratch: What Kids Should Know about Food and Cooking
Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized and easily digestible pieces of information that cover everything from the chemistry of heat versus cold, fat versus acid, and salt versus sweet. Both practical and philosophical in its approach, this talk demystifies food and cooking by boiling it down to the basics. It's a manifesto on food that will help kids—and adults—relate to what they eat, whether on special occasions or every day, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. It will inspire kids to eat better, try new flavours, and understand what's on their plate. They will leave with an improved sense of where food comes from and be able to join in on a conversation that continues from snack time to dinnertime.
Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet
What happens on this planet over the next four decades has the potential to fundamentally alter life as we know it. The world population is expected to reach nine billion people by 2050—that's nine billion hungry humans in need of food. The challenge of feeding this rapidly growing population has already been made greater by climate change, which will wreak havoc on the way we produce our food. Disruptions to industrial-scale agriculture, along with rising sea levels, will create millions of environmental refugees, fleeing their homes in search of nourishment and safety. We have also lost touch with the soil—few of us grow our own food or even know where it comes from—and we are at the mercy of the multinationals that control the crops with little foresight about the damage their methods are inflicting on the planet. This puts our very future at risk.
In Consumed, award-winning writer Sarah Elton walks fields and farms on four continents, investigating not only the potential—and very real—threats to our food, but also telling the stories of those who are working hard to preserve our future. From Bogotá to Beijing, Delhi to Rome, Nairobi to Toronto, people from all walks of life are creating an alternative to the industrial food we have grown accustomed to piling into our shopping carts, and in the process giving us hope not for a daunting future but for a future in which we can all sit at the table.
Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know About Food and Cooking
Starting from Scratch is a manifesto on food that will help kids relate to what they eat, whether on special occasions or every day, inspiring both budding chefs and budding food lovers in the process. Beginning with an exploration of taste and the way it works, author and food activist Sarah Elton explains how ingredients have been on the move for centuries, resulting in the unique and fusion flavors we love today. She breaks down the science of food and cooking into bite-sized and easily digestible pieces of information that cover everything from the chemistry of heat versus cold, fat versus acid, and salt versus sweet.
Both practical and philosophical in its approach, Starting from Scratch demystifies food and cooking by boiling it down to the basics. Kids will be able to make sense of recipes, measure and substitute ingredients, and stock a pantry, but they’ll also discover that food is more than just a prepackaged meal. Using simple and universal examples, like how an onion is transformed when it’s boiled versus charred, caramelized versus fried, Starting from Scratch will inspire kids to eat better, try new flavors, and understand what’s on their plate.
Even readers who decide the kitchen isn’t for them will leave with an improved sense of where food comes from and be able to join in on a conversation that continues from snack time to dinnertime.
Locavore: From Farmersâ€™ Fields to Rooftop Gardensâ€”How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat
Strawberries in January, fresh tomatoes year-round and New Zealand lamb—these well-traveled foods which we pile regularly into our shopping carts have a carbon imprint the size of an SUV. Now, a burgeoning local food movement taking place in Canadian cities and on Canadian farms is changing the way we eat and think about food. Locavore tells the stories of how foodies, 100-milers, urbanites, farmers, gardeners, chefs, and just plain old folks in Canada are creating a new local food order that has the potential to fight climate change and feed us all. Part front-line reporting, part analysis, part passionate description of food, this book shows how the pieces of a post-industrial food system are being assembled by an interesting cast of characters who want to reclaim food as their own. From city-dwellers keeping chickens in their backyards to Ontario farmers shunning national grocery chains and selling their meat from the backs of their trucks, from the fastidious seed savers who are collecting and preserving the genetic material of heritage plants to the artisan cheese-makers of Quebec, this book tells the stories of a diverse cast of characters and lays out a blueprint for a new local food order.
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