Event Details

Location: San Antonio, TX


Saturday, February 22, 2020
5:00 pm

Jessica’s House
Address will be provided in registration confirmation e-mail

Join us for a special book club dinner party in honor of our latest book Twain’s Feast by Andrew Beahrs. Whiskey, hearty American fare to pass, and lively conversation will be had.

From Amazon: “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.”

This article contains the full food list. This will be a potluck dinner, so please select a food from the list that you would like to bring to share.

There is also a short audio book by the same title and it is different, but very much in the same vein. It chronicles the same selection of dishes, plus some dinner party commentary. Either is probably fine for the sake of discussion.

For event questions, please contact Jessica Anderson Klein at jaa83@cornell.edu.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.