Alisa Smith is a writer based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been published widely in magazines and newspapers including Outside, Explore, Canadian Geographic, Elle Canada, Utne, Reader’s Digest, the National Post and DailyGreen.com.
Her book The 100-Mile Diet (known as Plenty in the U.S.) has received worldwide acclaim and led her, along with co-author J.B. MacKinnon, to the forefront of the local foods movement. The book won a national Cordon D’Or culinary literature award in the United States and a Canadian Culinary Book Award, as well as the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize. It has been chosen as a community or college book across North America from coast to coast. Chapters/Indigo named it a best book of the decade.
Smith and MacKinnon’s 100-Mile Diet Society developed a popular website, blog and a 100-Mile Thanksgiving campaign. As well, the Society created a map of local food resources, developed curriculum for schools, and worked with the University of British Columbia Farm on a low-carbon farming pilot project.
The 100-Mile Diet has been adapted into a documentary/reality series, The 100-Mile Challenge, hosted by Smith and MacKinnon. It aired on Food Network Canada and Discovery Planet Green in the US, and through Sundance International in Europe and Asia.