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

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Penguin Group USA, 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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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

Author Andrew Beahrs scoured Twain's books for food references. He then set out to investigate the foods as they came to be part of the American landscape of eating, how they were in Twain's era, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I can't honestly rate this. I received this from the First Reads ARC giveaway program on goodreads.com. I was excited to read something outside my usual genres. Well, I'm sincerely sorry - it was just ... Read full review

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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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