9780143119340

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143119340

  • ISBN10:

    0143119346

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/25/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
It Makes Me Cry to Think of Them
Prairie-Hens, from Illinoisp. 15
A Barrel of Odds and Ends
Possum and Raccoonp. 49
Masterpiece of the Universe
Trout at hake Tahoep. 83
Heaven on the Half Shell
Oysters and Mussels in San Franciscop. 113
Dinner Was Leisurely Served
Philadelphia Terrapinp. 148
The Most Absorbing Story in the World
Sheep-Head and Croakers, from New Orleansp. 183
It Is MY Thanksgiving Day
Cranberriesp. 217
Twilight
Maple Syrupp. 252
Epiloguep. 281
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
Notesp. 293
Selected Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 313
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