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Anthony Bourdain & Clementine Paddleford Chronicled How People Ate

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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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“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.”

 

 

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter and be entered into a giveaway drawing. Giveaway ends, September 30.

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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.

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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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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:

 

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Wow! A huge LinkedIn Surprise…THANK YOU

I received a letter from LinkedIn this morning stating that “I have one of the top 10% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012.”

WOW!  That was a huge surprise.

Could it be my name “Cynthia Harris?”  I know that there are many people with the same name, so I must share this with them.

Today, I want to thank everyone who viewed my profile that sent me into the top 10% of the most viewed profiles on LinkedIn.    I wouldn’t be in this spot without you!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

As a special “Thank You”  I want to offer you a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of my book Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicles How America Ate or a Kindle copy – your choice.

For a chance to win do one of the following:

  • Tweet about this blog
  • Share this blog with your friends and family on your Facebook Page

After you do one (1) of the above, come back and put the link to your “share” the comment section.  By doing this I can verify that you actually shared the information.

Because it takes a few days for people to read through all their blog posts and because many, like me, read the blogs on the weekends, the offer for a chance to win a copy of my book will go until 5 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

Once again, thank you everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendar for February 8-10, 2013 for our online Winter Book Fair here on this blog and at Black Lilac Kitty Literary Services.

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Holiday Fun with Authors

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, November 8, 2012 through January 12, 2013, some of my blogs will be holiday questions answered by awesome authors, you may or may not know.

I will kick off the Holiday Fun by answering the questions myself.

Q:  What is your name?

A:  Cynthia Tussey-Harris

Q:  What country do you live in?

A:  The United States.

Q:  What is the title of your current book?

A:  I co-authored, Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate, (NY: Gotham), 2008.  I have three works in progress:  a mystery novel; a biography; and a compilation of WWII letters.

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