Unhappy with the food in Europe, Mark Twain famously described several American dishes he would immediately relish once he returned home in A Tramp Abroad.  Beahrs revisits some of Twain’s culinary desires with a fantastic book that digs deep into how much the American food industry has changed; a drastic shift even in Twain’s lifetime. 

His anthropological approach to the subject is riveting stuff.  As Beahrs travels across the country in search of Twain’s favorites, his meticulous eye expertly details out several topics of interest.  He also intersects his own discoveries about these foods, as Beahrs happens to be quite a connoisseur of food himself.  Any fan of Twain and/or food will devour this book in a heartbeat.  A tour de force, and is highly recommended!

Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens by Andrew Beahrs
Penguin Press, Hardcover, $25.95
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Review based upon advance reading copy of the title supplied by Indiebound.

 

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