Colman Andrews wrote the Foreword for Hometown Appetites

Colman Andrews wrote the foreword to the book I co-wrote, Hometown Appetites, The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (NY: Gotham), 2008.

This is the last paragraph from the foreword:

“On the evidence of How America Eats alone-never mind the hundreds of thousands of words she wrote in her other books and in magazine and newspaper articles never collected between hard covers – Clementine Paddleford patently cared about our nation’s culinary heritage and realized that if it wasn’t documented and publically appreciated, it might well disappear.  This is an almost trendy sentiment today, but it was a rare thing in mid-twentieth-century America.  She probably would have laughed to hear herself described as a sociologist or anthropologist, but those are in part what she was.  More to the point, she was also an engaging writer who knew good food when she had it, and dedicated her career to helping us know it too.”


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