Clementine Paddleford

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Clementine Paddleford (September 27, 1898 – November 13, 1967) was an American food writer active from the 1920s through the 1960s, writing for several publications, including the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Sun, The New York Telegram, Farm and Fireside, and This Week magazine. A Kansas native, she lived most of her life in New York City, where she introduced her readers to the global range of food to be found in that city. She was also a pilot, and flew a Piper Cub around the country to report on America's many regional cuisines. Paddleford coined the term "hero" relating to a submarine sandwich in the 1930s, writing that one needed to be a hero to finish the gigantic Italian sandwich.[1]

She was born in Stockdale, Riley County, Kansas, and graduated from Manhattan (Kansas) High School in 1916. She graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1921 with a degree in industrial journalism. She moved to New York City, where she enrolled in the Columbia School of Journalism and attended night classes at New York University. She covered expenses by reviewing business books for the business publication Administration and the New York Sun.[2]

One of her assignments was to report on the cooking and food aboard a US Navy submarine, which brought her aboard the USS Skipjack (SSN-585) in 1960 for a brief cruise.[3][4]


  • Patchwork Quilts, (c. 1928)
  • A Dickens Christmas Dinner, (1933)
  • Twelve favorite dishes, with Duncan Hines and Gertrude Lynn (1947)
  • Recipes from Antoine’s kitchen : the secret riches of the famous century-old restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans, (United Newspapers Magazine Corp, 1948)
  • A Flower for My Mother, (Henry Holt & Co, 1959)
  • How America Eats, (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1960)
  • Clementine Paddleford's Cook Young Cookbook, (Pocket Books, 1966)

Posthumously collected in:

  • The Best In American Cooking: recipes collected by Clementine Paddleford, (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1970)
  • American Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes, ed. Molly O'Neill (Library of America, 2007) ISBN 1-59853-005-4


  1. ^ Wilton, Dave. Verbatim, Vol. XXVII, no. 3, Autumn 2003.A hoagie by any other name Accessed 6 October 2010
  2. ^ Clementine Paddleford (1898-1967) - - Retrieved 2008-02-15
  3. ^ Apple, R.W. (November 30, 2005). "A Life in the Culinary Front Lines". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Clementine Paddleford: Dining Out with Clementine". Kansas State University. Retrieved 10 January 2009.


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