Twain's Feast Author Talks Opossum Next Week at Omnivore
After an 1879 tour of Europe's great cities, Mark Twain returned to the States eager to savor the native American foods he'd most missed while away, making him what some blogger might call an O.L., or Original Locavore.
In his first book, Twain's Feast (Penguin Press, $25.95), Andrew Beahrs takes readers on a journey into the palate and witty world-view of our country's most celebrated humorist, a man who once called cauliflower "cabbage with a college education," interspersing the author's firsthand experiences (an Arkansas racoon supper, for example) with tales of Twain in his time and place, along with corresponding recipes. If you'd like to learn more about, say, the 19th-century adventurer's predilection for opossum, grab a signed copy at Omnivore Books next Thursday, when Beahrs comes through town to schmooze and read a few passages. Details below the fold.
Andrew Beahrs Reads from Twain's Feast
When: Thurs., July 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712