Mark Twain Eats America

A new book finds a curious way to look at the past and present of U.S. food

In an 1880 Atlantic review of A Tramp Abroad, William Dean Howells wrote: " 'The average American' will find much to enlighten as well as amuse him, much to comfort and stay him in such Americanism as is worth having, and nothing to flatter him in a mistaken national vanity or a stupid national prejudice." You'd have to add "much to sadden him," but otherwise you might say the same about Twain's Feast.

The Adventures of Cranberry Finn?
Andrew Beahrs
The Adventures of Cranberry Finn?

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Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens
By Andrew Beahrs
The Penguin Press, 336 pp., $25.95

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