My name is Cynthia Clampitt, and I am a writer, speaker, world traveler, and culinary historian. I am a fourth-generation foodie who grew up in a family that shared my love of good food and the open road. I have been to 37 countries on six continents, and I’ve studied food, history, and/or cooking in many of those countries. (The image at the top of the blog is from a cooking class in Kerala, in southern India.) In this blog, I hope to share with you my travels, culinary and otherwise, some of the recipes I’ve discovered in my wanderings, and the fascinating histories of the foods that sustain and delight us.

In recent years, I have been more focused on American food, and my book Midwest Maize examines the astonishing importance of corn on history and on the world today. But Midwest Maize has its own blog, so you won’t see a lot of the Heartland here on The World’s Fare. Likewise, my books Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs and Destination Heartland: A Guide to Discovering the Midwest’s Remarkable Past, along with most other discoveries related to the Heartland, will appear on the Midwest Maize blog, rather than here. That said, the international nature of pork, despite a heartland focus, might find a few pork related tales and recipes appearing here here. So just look at them both. 🙂

In addition, I have a book out titled Waltzing Australia, which is a travel narrative of my six-month solo journey around Australia. I have a separate blog for this as well, to support the book and share additional travels to Australia. There, you’ll find photos, videos, and additional adventures from the land Down Under. To reach my other two blogs, you can click on the links at right.

Finally, if you’re looking for a good freelance writer or speaker, here’s a link to my web site, which offers the more practical, business-related information, including the topics for which I give presentations: World Plate.


5 responses to “About

  1. Jim Cooley


    I was blown out of my chair and onto the computer after reading your chai recipe in the Isolated M. So rarely does anyone get it right!

    And by looking at the picture up top, I can see why you did.

    I’ve spent a lot of time in Kerala, mainly Trivandrum and Trichur, both cooking and eating, so if you’d like to trade recipes drop me a line.

    Here’s a link for a Christmas present:




  2. Thanks for the link to the curry leaf plant!

  3. Hello from New York. Very interesting blog.

  4. Ruth Smerling

    Great to meet you @ Borinquen the other night. Tonight I ate Portuguese food. Now there’s an under-represented cuisine here in Chicago!

  5. Hi Cynthia,
    Enjoyed reading your posts.We share similar interests.Maybe we should connect.

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