Twain's Feast (Paperback)
Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens
Penguin Books, 9780143119340, 336pp.
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
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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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Praise For Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens…
"Part offbeat literary study, part Blue Highways travelogue, part slow -food manifesto...lots of fun." — The New York Times Book Review
"What a gift this is! Inspired by the foods most loved by Mark Twain, Beahrs has given us a warm and nostalgic history of wild foods in the United States." — Marion Nestle
"A biography of Twain, a historical record, an elegy for what we have lost from our table, and spur to preserve what we still have." — The Village Voice
"Twain's Feast is a celebration of the way America used to eat ... Beahrs's attention to detail had my mouth watering." — Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City
"An instant classic in the literature of the table." — Andrew Todhunter, author of A Meal Observed