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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Kelly Alexander is a food writer and was a longtime editor at Saveur magazine. She has won the James Beard Journalism Award. Cynthia Harris is the manuscript/collections archivist at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and the leading authority on the Paddleford archive.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I surprised myself in how much I enjoyed this book since it is a biography rather than an autobiography -- it fits in nicely with all the other popular foodie memoirs. Clementine Paddleford was a woman ahead of her time, and pretty much "discovered" the joy of reporting on local foods and the local people making them. It was such an interesting book, and I very much enjoyed learning about the professional foodie life and journey of Clemetine Paddleford.