Best in American Cooking



Best in American Cooking: Recipes Collected by Clementine Paddleford:  Hard cover book with dust jacket, 312 pages. Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, in 1970.  Foreward written by her daughter, Claire Jorgensen, who explains her mother’s recipes overflowed their apartment into a a second apartment rented just for the recipe filing cabinets.

Originally published as How America Eats in 1960, this new edition contains all of the more than 800 superb recipes collected by Clementine Paddleford on her travels from Maine to California, Florida to Alaska.  Paddleford was food editor of This Week magazine and the New York Herald Tribune.  Her daughter calls her recipes “the windfalls of her food reporting for over thirty years.”

This copy is in excellent vintage condition.  The front hinge has been reinforced with clear librarian’s tape.  The book has gotten wet, and some of the pages are slightly wavy.  The pages are all clean and clear.

At we try to provide you with your mother’s cookbook! I know lots of current recipe bloggers write proudly that their recipes are “not from your mother’s cookbook.” We think the recipes in your mother’s cookbook provided food that was nutritious and warm and colorful and just plain yummy! We know that just looking at the cover of your mother’s Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book makes you feel good. Holding her Betty Crocker Cookbook, or her Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping Cookbook in your hands is better than nostalgic. And cooking some of those dishes for your children will pass on a great tradition.



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