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At long last, an enthusiastic, significant rehabilitation of Paddleford's career as food writer from 1936 to 1966 at the New York Herald Tribune. Alexander, whose article on Paddleford for Saveur won the James Beard Journalism Award in 2002, and Harris, the archivist at Kansas State Univ., to which native Paddleford left her papers, happily resurrect Paddleford's work. An indefatigable journalist, Paddleford broke with the staid home-economics primers of the era. With humble Midwest beginnings and a degree in industrial journalism, Paddleford set out for New York City to make a name for herself, and found that her energy and sheer prodigiousness opened doors at popular publications like Farm & Fireside, Christian Herald and This Week, the Tribune's Sunday magazine. Influenced by the peripatetic culinary adventures of salesman Duncan Hines, Paddleford launched, in 1948, a series of columns in This Week called How America Eats, spotlighting regional cooks and their down-home specialties. With her trademark florid prose and historic touches, Paddleford became widely known, and her subsequent book, How America Eats (1960), became a bestseller. The authors make an upbeat case for reconsidering Paddleford's achievement in this enjoyable read, and include a slew of her comfort recipes. (Sept.)
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If the U.S.A. can be said to have a national palate, then it was Ms. Clementine Paddleford, from Manhattan, Kansas, who invented it. This colorful, lively, intricately researched biography brings this forgotten hero of the great American food revolution, vividly to life.
Adam Platt, food and restaurant columnist, New York magazine
Finally a wonderful book about the missing great presence in American food, Clementine Paddlefor, the flaky and adventurous original.
Barbara Kafka, author of Vegetable Love and Soup, A Way of Life
The next best thing to a dinner invitation from Clementine Paddleford herself, Hometown Appetites is a riveting three-dimensional portrait of this iconic American food personality.
Steven Shaw, author of Turning the Tables and Asian Dining Rules
"Alexander and Harriss excellent biography tells the story foremost of a journalist, a writer who travelled tens of thousands of miles in pursuit of first hand accounts of the way we live. Clementine Paddleford was among the first American writers to sense that what and how we ate day to day, whether in Hawaii, Louisiana or Kansas, or New York, provided a clear view of what America was as a nation. Hometown Appetites is fascinating, long overdue account of a seminal figure in America's food revolution."
Michael Ruhlman, author of The Elements of Cooking
Decades before Anthony Bourdain and The Galloping Gourmet, the indomitable Clementine Paddleford traveled the globe (sometimes piloting the airplane herself!) to deliver stories and recipes to millions of readers of the The New York Herald Tribune. Kelly Alexander's superb, engaging biography of this pioneering food- writer--a Kansas farmer's daughter--is essential reading, not only for today's foodies and feminists, but really for anyone who yearns to know more about American regional cooking.
Matt Lee and Ted Lee, authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook
Reading Clementine Paddleford as a kid taught me the value of a bizarre byline. Now she's been rediscovered for a new generation as a character worthy of that singular name.
Regina Shrambling, Gastropoda.com
an excellent read. the recipes are ones that are updated from her 1960's cookbook.Published 4 months ago by patricia osmundsen
Chatty, newsy and filled with good recipes. This career-minded 'gal' knew what came first! Her career allowed her (a single woman) into some of the best kitchens in the world at... Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. Schuff
It's a great story on food writing history done before internet and tv. She is a inspiring story. She was famous in her time even though she had a stoma from cancer surgeryPublished 21 months ago by Sabu
This would appeal to foodies who collect historical non recipe bookds.
I'd never heard of her and she was obviously a mover and shaker in the culinary world.
I got this for my mother because she loves cookbooks. This one was not her favorite. She's looked at it, but hasn't made any of the recipes. There are better cookbooks out there.Published on August 1, 2013 by Cassidy
This book gives you insight to everyday foods from 1920's to the 60's. Ms Paddleford traveled to different areas trying the regional foods and wrote down the recipes for a... Read morePublished on March 1, 2009 by Linda Slager
I first learned about this book listening to National Public Radio. Before I heard the interview I had never heard of Clementine Paddleford. Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Jenifer Reinhardt