Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens
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 ClemensUser Review - Portia - Goodreads
Beahrs writing and personal touches offer a fresh perspective on Twain. This book made my mouth water, and filled my heart with nostalgia for times I never knew. With Twain's menu as a guide, Beahrs ... Read full review
Review: Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel ClemensUser Review - Laura Lopez - Goodreads
This book has made me want to go back and reread my favorite Mark Twain stories; I must admit to not knowing much about him in a biographical sense but his humor, sense of adventure, and above all his ... Read full review
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