Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2011 - Cooking - 323 pages
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One young food writer's search for America's lost wild foods, from New Orleans croakers to Illinois prairie hens, with Mark Twain as his guide.

In 1879, Mark Twain paused during a European tour to compose a fantasy menu of the American dishes he missed the most. A true love letter to American food, the menu included some eighty specialties, from Mississippi black bass to Philadelphia terrapin. Andrew Beahrs chooses eight of these regionally distinctive foods, retracing Twain's footsteps as he sets out to discover whether they can still be found on American tables. Weaving together passages from Twain's famous works and Beahrs's own adventures, this travelogue-cum-culinary-history takes us back to a bygone era when wild foods were at the heart of American cooking.

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Review: Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

I just didn't enjoy this book very much and really only made it half way through. It's not that it's bad. I just couldn't get enough interest in it to keep going. Halfway through and still not ... Read full review

Review: Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens

User Review  - Desiree - Goodreads

I was hooked by the intro. Great concept. Beautifully written and conceptualized. Eye-opening in the sense that I didn't realize overzealous consumption wasn't a late-20th-century thing... we've been ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Andrew Beahrs is the author of two novels, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Gastronomica, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Writer's Chronicle, among other publications. He lives in California with his family.

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