Sarah B. Hood, MA

Biography

Over the past three decades, Sarah B. Hood has built a national reputation as a journalist focusing on topics like food, culture, urban life and sustainability. She has published hundreds of article in outlets including The National Post, The Globe and Mail and Canadian Business. Her most recent book, We Sure Can!, combines a broad discussion of the recent repopularization of home food canning with 100 recipes gleaned from cooks across North America. She has served as editor of three national Canadian magazines and is currently a contributing editor with the award-winning Spacing magazine. She is frequently called upon to offer public lectures and webinars.

She has taught at George Brown College since 1998. Initially, she was attached to what is now known as the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies (CCET), teaching communications and elective courses to apprentices and full-time students in the building trades. Later, she move to the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology (CADIT), where she teaches communications and fashion courses. She has designed courses on journalism and business writing specifically for fashion students. Students in her journalism course publish a fashion magazine called Oh, George!

Academic Credentials

MA, Near Eastern Studies (Assyriology), University of Toronto, 1983BA (Honours), Classics (Classical Philology), Concordia University, 1981Diploma, Fine Arts, CÉGEP de Vieux-Montreal, 1977

Areas Of Specialization

Communications, Fashion.      

Areas Of Expertise

Journalism, print & digital writing & publishing, arts & culture, social history (especially culinary and costume history), fashion & design, sustainability policy & practice, construction, tourism, transportation.

Career Highlights

1988-present: Freelance journalist and author1998-present: Professor (partial load), George Brown College CADIT & CCET, Toronto1993-2003: Founder & Director, Cadmus Communications, Toronto1991-1993: Director of Communications, Toronto Theatre Alliance, Toronto1987-1990: Communications Consultant, Ontario Human Resources Secretariat, Toronto1987-1990: Communications Consultant, Manifest Communications, Toronto1987-1990: Communications Consultant, Rhéal Leroux & Associates, Ottawa1984-1987: Communications & Policy Officer, Commissioner of Official Languages, Ottawa

Other Activities

Culinary Historians of Canada (board member)City of Toronto Volunteer Historic Cooks ProgramLeslieville Farmers’ Market (founding volunteer)Past member: Association of Cultural Executives, Canadian Theatre Critics Association (president), Caribbean Cultural Committee/Caribana, Costume Society of Ontario, du Maurier Ltd World Stage Festival (advisory committee), Festival of Canadian Theatre (vice chair), Todmorden Mills Museum and Cultural Centre (management board), Toronto City Cycling Committee (co-chair), Women's Culinary Network

Awards

Shortlisted, Canadian Business Media Awards, 2016Shortlisted, Taste Canada, the Food Writing Awards, 2012Shortlisted, Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, 2010Honorable Mention, National Magazine Awards, 1990

Publications

We Sure Can! How Jams and Pickles are Reviving the Lure and Lore of Local Food, Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, 2011.

"Shadowy Existence: Shadowland's Creative Design Community", Community Engaged Theatre and Performance, ed. Julie Salverson, Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, volume 19, Playwrights Canada Press, 2011.

"Pickerel, Pork and President's Choice, a historical food map of Toronto", The Edible City: Toronto’s Food from Farm to Fork, Coach House Books, Toronto, 2009.

"Power to the People", GreenTOpia: Towards a Sustainable Toronto, Coach House Books, Toronto, 2007.

"Urban Enchantment: What city-lovers can learn from theatre in public space", The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto, Coach House Books, Toronto, 2006.

Toronto: The Unknown City, with Howard Akler, Arsenal Pulp Press, Vancouver, 2003

Practical Pedalling: A companion for everyday cycling in Toronto, Detour Publications, Toronto, 1998

"Image Theatre", Contemporary Issues in Canadian Drama, ed. Per Brask, Blizzard Publishing, Winnipeg, 1995.