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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 Author’s Guild; the National Association of Science Writers; and the North American Mycological Association, she lives in Katonah, NY.