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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction



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Clampitt makes her home in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Cynthia Clampitt is an award-winning writer and popular speaker, focusing primarily on topics related to food, travel, history, and geography. In addition to being an author she writes for magazines and educational publishers (history and geography). In 2017 she was selected by the Illinois Humanities Council for the special Illinois Bicentennial “Road Scholar” program—her second time as an “Illinois Road Scholar."

Cynthia contributed major articles to the Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and World Encyclopedia of Street Food, as well as shorter articles to the Encyclopedia of Chicago Food and Drink. Her book, Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs: From Wild Boar to Baconfest, is being published by Rowman & Littlefield (Sept. 2018), and she has begun work on another book of Midwest history.

Cynthia is a member of the Society of Women Geographers, Culinary Historians of Chicago, Society of Midland Authors, Chicago Writers Association, Association of Food Journalists, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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Titles At Your Library


-- -- Mom's Choice Award for Travel Writing for Waltzing Australia


-- Short-listed for Midwestern History Association award for best regional history book of 2015 and Honorable mention, Eric Hoffer Awards, Midwest Maize