Elizabeth Thacker Jones, Founder & Director
Elizabeth Thacker Jones is the founder of the Food Book Fair, a project inspired in part by her great- grandfather, Samuel Milton Jones, who strove to improve conditions for the working class of Toledo, Ohio, opening free kindergartens, building parks, instituting an eight-hour day for workers and reforming the city government. Elizabeth hopes that the Food Book Fair will inspire its own reforms within the local food movement.
At age 19, Elizabeth landed her first cooking job at an experimental performance space, The Kitchen, where she cooked for visionaries such as Meredith Monk. She still cherishes the moment when Philip Glass told her she made the best lentils he’d ever eaten. Jones has since worked for architect David Rockwell, led bike tours through Sonoma’s wine country, and farmed sturgeon in California and Idaho with the James Beard Award-winning Tsar Nicoulai Caviar. In 2011, Elizabeth curated the Union Square Pavilion with Greenmarket/GrowNYC and performed as a yogurt-inoculating nurse in Jennifer Rubell’s Incubation at Miami’s Art Basel. She has written for GOOD Magazine, Eat Me Daily, Design Indaba, Food+Tech Connect and Raiding the Larder.
Emilie Baltz, Curator
Emilie Baltz is a designer, author, curator and artist who works omnivorously at the intersection of mediums and disciplines in order to facilitate delicious new perspectives on the world. She believes the food experience is the most fundamental part of culture and is engaged in developing projects that provoke our definitions of consumption. She is a member of the prestigious culinary association of Les Dames d’Escoffier and is the author of Junk Foodie, a gastronomic junk food cookbook for the lowbrow gourmand, and L.O.V.E. FOODBOOK, an award-winning art cookbook about the relationship between desire and cuisine.
Board of Advisors
Liz Carollo, Director of Publicity, GrowNYC/Greenmarket
Taylor Erkkinen, Co-Owner, The Brooklyn Kitchen
Christophe Hille, Writer & Owner, Northern Spy Food Co.
Dr. Meryl Rosofsky, Writer & Professor, NYU
Jennifer Rubell, Artist & Author
Michael Harlan Turkell, Food photographer & Producer, Food Seen on Heritage Radio Network
Seth Unger, Executive Producer, Food Film Festival
George Weld, Writer & Farmer, Owner of Egg & Parish Hall