Clementine Paddleford spent nearly a half century driving, flying and walking across American on the quest for regional cooks and the stories of their food.
Paddleford was born in 1898 in Stockdale, Kansas and was set upon being a journalist from a tender age-eventually earning a degree in ‘industrial journalism’ from Kansas State Architectural College. A tenacious go-getter, young Clementine set out for New York City and quickly made a name for herself in the ranks of budding journalists. By 1936 Ms Paddleford had made her bones sufficiently to be hired by the New York Herald-Tribune as food editor.
At her peak Clementine enjoyed a readership of some 12 million people.
Her prose sparkled and she is a lovely figure to explore.
I hope you can find an old copy of this book, and if so, please treat yourself, it’s one of my favorites.