A blind on Coates Island in the Hudson Bay

My interest in food, and how the search for food affects behavior, began in this blind in the Arctic in 1994 while watching thick-billed murres raise their chicks.

The first article I wrote for Gastronomica was on geophagy, the widespread practice of dirt eating. Here, in this Nigerian market, clays called eko have been smoked over a smoldering fire for hours until they turn this rich chocolate color. Photo by Donald Vermeer


Susan Allport is an award-winning writer specializing in science, travel, and food. Her books include The Queen of Fats; The Primal Feast; A Natural History of Parenting; Sermons in Stone; and Explorers of the Black Box. Allport also contributes essays, travel articles, and book reviews to The New York Times, Gastronomica, Audubon, The Hartford Courant, The Providence Journal-Bulletin, The American Scholar and The Missouri Review and lectures at the American Museum of Natural History and numerous other locations. In 2004, she was the McGee Professor of writing at Davidson College in North Carolina.
Allport was a graduate student in the Department of Human Genetics at Yale University. She obtained her M.S. from Tulane University in 1976 and her B.A. in English from the Claremont Colleges in 1973. A member of AOCS (formerly the American Oil Chemists' Society); The Authorís Guild; the National Association of Science Writers; and the North American Mycological Association, she lives in Katonah, NY.