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Clementine Paddleford: The Woman who Revolutionized Food Writing

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Meet Clementine Paddleford, the forgotten food journalist who elevated food writing from dull and mundane to a delicious art form. The way we write about food today is largely due to Clementine, the roving reporter who taught herself to fly a plane so she could report on every aspect of food across the country and around the world.

Afterwards, hear Jo’s conversation with Yasmin Khan, the best-selling food writer whose books on middle eastern cooking, The Saffron Tales and Zaitoun, expertly carry on Clementine’s legacy.  


Main Sources:

  1. Hometown Appetites: The Story of Clementine Paddleford, the Forgotten Food Writer who Chronicled How America Ate, by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris
  2. How to Cook for a Whole Crew by Clementine Paddleford, from the NY Herald Tribune, July 1960
  3. Vast Drive And Courage Spark Career of Famed Food Editor – By Susan Delight, for the San Diego Union, February 1959
  4. A Life in the Culinary Front Lines, by R.W. Apple for the NY Times, Nov, 2005
  5. The Great American Cookbook: 500 Time-Tested Recipes: Favorite Food from Every State, by Clementine Paddleford - a reprint of the original ‘How America Eats’ edited by Kelly Alexander
  6. A panel sponsored by the Food Studies Program at the New School in New York City titled ‘Clementine Paddleford: America's First Food Journalist’ which took place in June of 2010 (some panelists and guests knew Clementine Paddleford personally and shared anecdotes about her life.)
  7. Clementine Paddleford’s obituary in the NY Times from November of 1967 titled ‘Clementine Paddleford is Dead; Food Editor of Herald Tribune

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