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Anthony Bourdain & Clementine Paddleford Chronicled How People Ate

*Disclaimer – Photo of Anthony Bourdain is from Google Images*

I was saddened to hear about the death of food writer Anthony Bourdain.  I enjoyed watching his television show, Anthony Bourdain: Parts UnknownHe traveled to places many didn’t go and he took his television viewers along on the trip.  Bourdain visited with the locals and ate local food.

This is the same thing Clementine Paddleford did, except she never had a television show.

Both Bourdain and Paddleford traveled where they wanted to go, talked to whomever they wanted to talk to, and tasted the food they wanted to eat, then they shared the stories with viewers and readers.

Anthony Bourdain attended the Culinary Institute of American, became a chef, and a food writer.  Clementine Paddleford had a degree in journalism.  She never attended a culinary school, was never a chef, but she was a well-known food writer.

Sadly, Anthony Bourdain committed suicide and it was rumored that Clementine Paddleford tried, but failed.  Let me say, there is no proof that Paddleford tried to commit suicide and family members said it was strictly a rumor.

What made Bourdain and Paddleford well-known?

They chronicled how people ate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I am pretty sure that someone is already thinking about or in the process of writing Anthony Bourdain’s biography, a biography of Clementine Paddleford has been written.  It is titled Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (NY: Gotham), 2008.

 

Excerpt: From Chapter 2

“In the late summer of 1921, Warren G. Harding was in the White House, Allied forces occupied the Rhineland, the U. S. Congress had just passed a quota on immigration, and Adolf Hitler became head of the Nazi Party.  On the heels of World War I, isolationism was in and multiculturalism wasn’t even on the horizon.  For Clementine Paddleford, newly arrived in New York City and the proud renter of a room in a boarding house at 520 West 122nd Street, on Morningside Heights north of Columbia University, this meant facing one of Manhattan’s challenges and figuring out how to conquer it: the subway.

“There she was, in homemade outfits Jennie had lovingly stitched from patterns Paddleford had picked, summer-weight wool suits, blouses with big bows at the neck, a tote bag at her side loaded with pencils and pads, the picture of a career gal of the day, and a greenhorn at that.  At her first act of independence in the city, Paddleford enrolled in graduate-level-journalism courses at New York University, despite her proximity to Columbia.  These met three evenings a week and required a long subway trip.”

 

Both How America Eats and Hometown Appetites are filled with recipes.  One of my favorite summer beverages is from these books: Plumade.

Ingredients:

6 small black plums, washed, pitted, and quartered

9 cups water

1/4 cup sugar

2, 2-inch cinnamon sticks

1 lemon rind, grated

3 lemons, juiced

3 oranges, juiced

In a large stockpot over medium-low heat, stew plums in water until very soft and the liquid is a deep rose color, about 15 minutes.  Strain juice, return to pot and add to it the sugar and cinnamon.  Heat gently until sugar is dissolved, two to three minutes.  Add grated lemon rind and cook three more minutes.  Strain again.  Stir in lemon and orange juice and serve in tall glasses with chipped ice.

Yields: 10 to 12 servings.

 

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Having a tracheal tube never stopped her…

Recently, I presented at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, Kansas, on Clementine Paddleford.

At the end of the presentation, I answered questions.  Most of the questions I have been asked before.  But, one question got me to thinking…”Why don’t you focus more on the fact that Paddleford had a tracheal tube and how hard it must have been for her to do her job with it?”

I do mention in my presentation that Paddleford had throat cancer and elected for a partial surgery so that she could continue to talk with a tracheal tube.  I also talk about how hard of time she had re-learning to talk and getting used to the tube.  It took her a year with many trips back and forth to the hospital and dealing with pain.  The tube was held in place with a velvet ribbon.

Paddleford, herself, stated that because of the raspy whisper of her voice caused by the tracheal tube “people remember me.”  She also said that the only things she couldn’t do, that she liked to do, was to play tennis and go swimming.  Because of the tracheal tube she could not go on lecture circuit, the radio, or television.  These are some reasons, she is largely forgotten about today.  Otherwise, the tracheal tube never got in her way of doing what she loved: being a journalist-food writer.  Paddleford traveled wherever she wanted to go, interviewed whomever she wanted to interview, wrote about them, turned in her receipts, and got paid.

So, who is Clementine Paddleford?  She is the best known food editor, you never heard of.

December 28, 1953, Time Magazine declared Clementine Paddleford, “the best known food editor in the U. S.”

Here is the program from the Wilder Society Tea where I presented.  They put together this booklet because they wanted to share the recipes of the food served at the tea with those in attendance.  Recipes are from Paddleford’s 1960 book How America Eats.

Note, if you decide to make these recipes, remember they are from 1948 to 1960, and they are not as sweet as desserts are today.  So, if you are looking to cut back on sugar, but still want a dessert, use one of the recipes below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Hometown Appetites: She Served Up Americana (With a Side Dish of Quirk)”

Today is Clementine Paddleford’s birthday.  If she were alive today she would be 119 years old!

 

“Hometown Appetites: She Served Up Americana (With a Side Dish of Quirk)”
By: Benjamin Schmerler

Clementine Paddleford wrote, “We all have home-town appetites.  Every other person is a bundle of longing for the simplicities of good taste once enjoyed on the farm or in the home they left behind.”

Benjamin Schmerler of the New York Post wrote, “If the food writer Clementine Paddleford were alive today, she would have at least two Food Network shows (one devoted to cooking, a second to travel), a weekly newspaper column, a cookbook series and, of course, a blog.  Or so it is easy to imagine by reading Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris’s smartly drawn, surprising uplifting biography ‘Hometown Appetites'”.

Schmerler continues, “Thankfully, the authors share Paddleford’s eye for a good story, deftly documenting their subject’s well-deserved contributions to food journalism, but balancing them with biographical color.”

 

 

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Giving away a signed hardback copy of Hometown Appetites; a $20 Amazon Gift Card; and a paperback copy of A Flower for My Mother.

 

 

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Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop

 

I really dropped the ball on this giveaway!  I meant to have everything posted on Friday, September 15th.

This giveaway runs September 15-30, 2017.

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Click on the link below to sign up for “Cindy’s Notebook” newsletter and be entered in my giveaway.

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I am giving away:

A signed hardback copy of Hometown Appetites.  This is a book I co-wrote in 2008.  I have a few on my bookshelf at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Flower for My Mother by Clementine Paddleford was written for her mother, Jennie Paddleford.  This book is full of short stories about Clementine growing up at Stockdale, Kansas.  Stockdale was inundated by the Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

This book will go to a winner directly from Amazon.

 

 

 

I will also be giving away a $20 Amazon gift card.

Sign up for my newsletter to be entered.

Good Luck

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And the Winners Are!

All winners have been notified and the books are on their way!

Congratulations to:

 

Janice J. is the winner of Hometown Appetites!  Hope you enjoy learning about Clementine Paddleford and trying out some of the recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He wrote me a note saying that he too had a nose for justice!  The winner of A Nose for Justice is James W.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Z. is the winner of A Flower for My Mother. 

The stories in this book are fun for both young and old.

 

 

 

 

 

The winner of Both Sides of Nice is Helen R.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway.

The next giveaway is Banned Book Week Giveaway, September 15-30.  Again this is a hop that I am participating via bookhounds.net

 

 

 

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Clear Your Shelf Giveaway Hop

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I will be giving away:

A signed hardback copy of :

 

Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (NY: Gotham), 2008

 

 

 

 

A gently used hardback copy of:

A Nose for Justice by Rita Mae Brown

Main characters:

Jeep Reed and her dog King

Mags and her dog Baxter

A murder mystery with lots of Nevada water rights history.

 

 

A paperback copy of A Flower for My Mother by Clementine Paddleford.

This book is a collection of Paddleford’s childhood memories.  Includes photographs.

 

 

 

 

A paperback copy, new still in its plastic wrapper, of:

Both Sides of Nice by Helen Brockman

“Her autobiography is a varied and colorful tapestry of the 20th century in America as she has lived through it and into the 21st.” ~ John Chalmers, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Emeritus, Kansas State University

 

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Happy Birthday to Me!

happy-birthdaybeautiful-hd-picToday’s my Birthday and I sent out invitations for others to join me, however, everyone seemed to be too busy so I am eating CAKE all by myself.

Like my invitation stated, I am promoting all genres today even though February is Romance month.

And since no one wanted to party…guess you all had to big of a night on Sunday night after the Super Bowl Game…I am partying by myself.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of one of the books below, subscribe to my newsletter before midnight (Feb. 7th).  I will choose the winner on Feb. 8th.

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Take time to visit the authors below and sign up for their newsletters.

 

 

by Clementine Paddleford and Cynthia Harris

Stories Paddleford wrote about her childhood.

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

by Cynthia Harris and Kelly Alexander

You can only get this book in Paperback and Kindle, if you would like to purchase a hardcover, I will be happy to sell you a copy.

Website – http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Cyn_Harris

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  • The Yellow Hoods Series

by Adam Dreece

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Twitter: @AdamDreece
Signed copies available at TheYellowHoods.com/Store

 

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by Jason B. Ladd
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Gearing for the Holiday Giveaways

51brOoga5GL._AA160_Friday, September 18, 2015, will be the 7th anniversary of my book Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate (Gotham).

Paddleford wrote a tribute to her mother, Jennie Paddleford, title A Flower For My Mother, in 1958.61DFQcw8dNL

 

To bring about awareness of Clementine Paddelford, and her work as a pioneer in food writing, I am hosting a holiday gift basket giveaway for USA newsletter subscribers only.  One international newsletter subscriber will win a gift card of my choice and a printed or e-book copy of Hometown Appetites and a printed copy of A Flower For My Mother.

If you are not a subscriber to my newsletter and want to be entered into the holiday gift basket giveaway (USA) and the gift card & books giveaway (International), visit my website and opt-in.

The holiday gift basket will include a few products that Paddleford wrote about in her articles in This Week Magazine and The New York Herald Tribune, both now defunct.

Some of the products Paddleford wrote about are:

Duncan Hines

Mondavi Wine

Tabasco

Chocolate

Cheese

Pillsbury

Some of the gift basket items will come from the above list.  Since Paddleford wrote about hundreds of products, there is no way to list them all on this blog post.

The gift basket value will be between $50 and $75 and will be sent to the winner to arrive in time for Christmas.

The international giveaway value will be between $50 and $75 and will be sent to the winner to arrive in early December.

The drawing will be held on December 1, 2015.

 

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My C-Span Interview

On April 6, 2015, I was interviewed by C-Span for their “Cities Tour Topeka.”  This was aired on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

You can watch the interview here:

 

http://www.c-span.org/video/?325387-1/book-discussion-hometown-appetites

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A Flower for My Mother

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A Flower For My Mother by Clementine Paddleford

This version of the book is different from the original:

* It is in paperback form

* Will be in ebook form soon

* There are photographs in this book whereas in the original there were illustrations

The proceeds from this book goes toward the Clementine Paddleford Gallery in a building that is being renovated to be used as a museum.

This book is a short read.  Each chapter is a different TRUE story about Clementine Paddleford’s childhood, growing up in Stockdale, Kansas, in the early 1900s.

My personal favorite story is the one about the May Queen.

There are a few recipes in this book –anyone who knows about Clementine Paddleford, knows that she was a food writer.

If you purchase this book, scan a copy of your receipt and send it to:

artsandmemories@gmail.com

And your name will go on a plaque inside the Paddleford Gallery as one who donated towards the gallery.

 

 

 

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