Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

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A rollicking biography of a pioneering American woman and one of our greatest culinary figures

In Hometown Appetites, Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris come together to revive the legacy of the most important food writer you have never heard of. Clementine Paddleford was a Kansas farm girl who grew up to chronicle America's culinary habits. Her weekly readership at the New York Herald Tribune topped 12 million during the 1950s and 1960s and she earned a salary of $250,000. Yet twenty years after "America's best-known food editor" passed away, she had been forgotten--until now.

Before Paddleford, newspaper food sections were dull primers on home economy. But she changed all of that, composing her own brand of sassy, unerringly authoritative prose designed to celebrate regional home cooking. This book restores Paddleford's name where it belongs: in the pantheon alongside greats like James Beard and Julia Child.

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Born just before the turn of the last century, Clementine Paddleford graduated from college in her home state of Kansas, went to New York City to make her way as a writer, became a famous and ... Read full review

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"pedestial"??--Perhaps the word you're looking for there is "pedestrian." Unlike the other review here, I would not be inclined to review this biog harshly. It's a good effort put together by the ... Read full review


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Kelly Alexander's work has appeared in the "New York Times", "Newsweek", and "O: The Oprah Magazine". She is co-author of the New York Times best-selling barbecue cookbook "Smokin' with Myron Mixon".

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