Cynthia Clampitt

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I am a writer and author, but I'm also a popular speaker, because I like talking at least as much as I like writing. My favorite topics are travel, food, history, and geography. My newest book, Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs: From Wild Boar to Baconfest, was released in October 2018. Like my previous book, Midwest Maize, Pigs is also a food history. I love the surprises and connections to our lives of food history, and it has become one of my favorite fields of study in the last 30 years.

My first book, Waltzing Australia, recounts my six-month, 20,000-mile journey around and across the land Down Under. It is crammed with information, as well as more than a few adventures. In 2010, it won the Mom's Choice Award for travel writing.

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Cynthia Clampitt In addition to books related to research I'm doing, the books I have lined up for summer reading are "1491" and "1493" -- the year before and the year…moreIn addition to books related to research I'm doing, the books I have lined up for summer reading are "1491" and "1493" -- the year before and the year after Columbus arrived. I also just ordered, and am looking forward to reading, "Tastes Like Chicken," which is a food history.(less)
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Not Gone Forever

While I haven’t posted on this blog for a while (though have tried to keep my other blogs going, especially Midwest Maize, since that’s actually connected to how I earn a living, while this one is just done for love), I’m not gone forever. Two things have kept me from having the time to keep this going. I’m caring for my mom, who has dementia. And one of my Australian friends–Richard, who played s

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Cynthia added a status update: The publisher of my new food history book on pork is offering friends 30% off the cover price. Order directly through Rowman & Littlefield at https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538110744 for a 30% discount on Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs. Use promotion code RLFANDF30 at checkout for 30% off – this promotion is valid until December 31, 2019. This offer cannot be combined with any other promo or discount offers.
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Cynthia Greetings, Friends.

My newest book -- Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland -- is now available for pre-order on Amazon. So far, it's getting great reviews. I think it's a lot more fun than the title might suggest. It's not only the history of corn but also the history of the settling of the Heartland, plus the history of cooking over the last 150 years, plus enough fun factoids to make for a lot of great party conversation. (Do you know the connection between corn and vampires? How about corn and the Chicago Bears?) So I hope you'll order the book -- and enjoy it. Thanks.


Cynthia Just as an fyi, Waltzing Australia can now be found in just about every imaginable e-format at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

However, on Amazon, it's still available in print, as well as in Kindle format.


Cynthia Waltzing Australia is now available in Kindle format. From now until March 8, if you own a Kindle AND are an Amazon Prime member, you can check it out of the Kindle Owner's Library for free. Otherwise, both print and Kindle versions are available for sale on Amazon.


Glenda Bixler Looks like you're ready to tell everybody here at GoodReads about Australia! Good for You! Hope you share some pics too, if they have a way!

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