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Mark Twain's love of American foods

jmckee Mar 3, 2012 07:37 AM

From "Lists of Note," a site I visit frequently, comes Twain's "little bill of fare" -- foods he missed while travelling in Europe and of which he intended to avail himself once back home.

http://www.listsofnote.com/2012/03/li...

  1. sunshine842 Mar 3, 2012 07:48 AM

    Interesting!

    Also interesting to see what has and hasn't changed -- some of those things are now readily available in Europe -- some still are hard to find.

    1. pdxgastro Mar 4, 2012 01:31 AM

      Some things he mentions are better in Europe:
      butter
      pastries
      coffee

      And some are just different, like the seafood.

      1. Sloth Mar 4, 2012 07:54 AM

        I recommend the book Twain's Feast.
        http://web.mac.com/apbeahrs/Andrew_Be...

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          Roland Parker Mar 5, 2012 12:13 AM

          Very telling about the sheer variety of seafood and fowl in 19th century America that has largely disappeared from the modern diet.

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          1. re: Roland Parker
            ChefJune Mar 5, 2012 01:11 PM

            and it's so sad, imho. much has to do with the marketing of certain foods.

            1. re: ChefJune
              sunshine842 Mar 5, 2012 01:16 PM

              and much has to do with the depletion of species.

          2. 512window Mar 5, 2012 03:03 PM

            I love the comment about strawberries not to be handed out as if they were jewels!

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