Twain’s Feast

Twain’s Feast

Audible Originals / May 22, 2019

Twain s Feast Mark Twain beloved American writer performer and humorist was a self proclaimed glutton With the help of a chef and some friends Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain s life through the lens

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  • Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self proclaimed glutton With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain s favorite foods As we explore these foods role in Samuel Clemens life, we also discover a surprising culinary and ecological history of America Th Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self proclaimed glutton With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain s favorite foods As we explore these foods role in Samuel Clemens life, we also discover a surprising culinary and ecological history of America The biggest celebrity of his time, Twain was a witness to a transforming country, and with historian and writer Andy Beahrs as a guide, Beahrs and Offerman take documentary excursions across America, illuminating each dish and bringing to life a broad sampling of Twain s writing Twain s Feast is a rollicking information packed journey into the rich culinary history of America, with the sharp eye and unmistakable wit of Mark Twain himself.This production contains hilarious and racy content that may not be suitable for children 2018 Audible Originals, LLC P 2018 Audible Originals, LLC Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Or buy for Audible Audio, 5 pages Published November 1st 2018 by Audible Studios More Details Edition Language English Other Editions None found All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Twain s Feast, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 05, 2018 Stacy GeekRemixALot rated it liked it Received this for free as part of my Audible membership If you re interested in reading this, I think it s important to know that this book is about a LOT than just food It really covers the life and times of Mark Twain, and although the project centers around food it also ends up touching on history, climate change, racism, Mark Twain s family life and evolution from Samuel Clemens to MT, and much.The style of the Audible version is a lot like an audio documentary, which I enjoyed, Received this for free as part of my Audible membership If you re interested in reading this, I think it s important to know that this book is about a LOT than just food It really covers the life and times of Mark Twain, and although the project centers around food it also ends up touching on history, climate change, racism, Mark Twain s family life and evolution from Samuel Clemens to MT, and much.The style of the Audible version is a lot like an audio documentary, which I enjoyed, but also something to be aware of if that s not something you like Admittedly I wasn t the biggest fan of Mark Twain before I read this I had seen this on Audible and been intrigued, but mostly picked it up because it was included with my membership That being said, it was an enjoyable listen and I d imagine if you really enjoyed Twain s books or enjoy the historical take on food and how the US has changed over the past 150 years or so, then you might really like this flag 17 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 06, 2018 Joel rated it it was ok Shelves audiobooks A peculiar listen, that is incredibly difficult to follow at times, especially while being a recording in a room full of people talking I liked the idea but it felt slapdash and incomplete, and left me a bit disappointed flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 07, 2018 Stacie rated it did not like it Shelves audiobook, currently own, digital, non fiction, history I wanted to like this Mark Twain Awesome History Love it Food I m all about that And then and then came 4 hours of lackluster and poorly edited disappointment I didn t have to spend any money one it but, ugh, can I get my time back flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 John rated it did not like it Shelves nonfiction Typical millennial half assery This Audible Original purports to be a recreation of a feast Twain dreamed about upon returning to the US from international travel A Tramp Abroad I was expecting a literate discussion of the food of that period, much like Mark Kurlansky would do Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster, etc Instead I get a hipster chef creating the meal from a food truck and serving such Mark Twain experts such as Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, and Jeff Tweedy And of course some of the p Typical millennial half assery This Audible Original purports to be a recreation of a feast Twain dreamed about upon returning to the US from international travel A Tramp Abroad I was expecting a literate discussion of the food of that period, much like Mark Kurlansky would do Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster, etc Instead I get a hipster chef creating the meal from a food truck and serving such Mark Twain experts such as Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, and Jeff Tweedy And of course some of the people were vegan, etc They why did you accept the invitation when the menu was meat laden The idea of the meal quickly went by the wayside, so the producers had to fill with some twain bio, his views on African Americans, Native Americans etc.This is in fact a repackaged podcast that is poorly edited Offerman once mentioned next episode there were many black spaces, as if that is where the commercials should go Half assed productions are de rigeur for podcasts, but this was not a cheap podcast to make I suspect expensive fiascoes like this are what caused Audible to drop their original podcasts.Avoid Get a Mark Kurlansky audiobook or book instead flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Jonny Parshall rated it it was amazing Shelves read list 2018 autumn What a yarn What I thought to be a twofold tale of a man and his feast turned out to be so much True, both man and feast are well covered here in a culinary biography like no other see my review for Jim Harrison s A Really Big Lunch , but most of all it is a story of America after its Civil War until at the turn of the 20th century The people of this time and traditions are nearly lost most especially the food thanks to prohibition, WWII, rationing, freezing, microwaving, and other g What a yarn What I thought to be a twofold tale of a man and his feast turned out to be so much True, both man and feast are well covered here in a culinary biography like no other see my review for Jim Harrison s A Really Big Lunch , but most of all it is a story of America after its Civil War until at the turn of the 20th century The people of this time and traditions are nearly lost most especially the food thanks to prohibition, WWII, rationing, freezing, microwaving, and other great crimes against food But thanks to the late great Mr Twain, ne Samuel Clemens, we receive a bold snapshot of some of the culinary traditions, and with them, the social traditions of than a century past.One without the other and this book would still be good But tied together, they are great I especially love the input from the many great Audible guests and collaborators who made this story exceptional flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 09, 2018 Eli Fry rated it liked it Essentially it looks at a few things in Mark Twain s life, but doesn t give the real picture It s entertaining, but can be a bit crass There s stuff you don t hear most places so that s cool though flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 litaryitt rated it really liked it Shelves audio, nonfiction Based on Mark Twain s extensive favorite foods list, this audio documentary provides a brief glimpse at American culinary history, discussing many regional cuisines and imparting socioeconomic insight as to why many dishes no longer exist It s also a snapshot of Twain s life, his writing, and an ever changing America This Audible Original is narrated by massive Twain fan Nick Offerman and food journalist Andrew Beahrs, who penned the print version Very enjoyable flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 25, 2019 Charlene rated it did not like it not my cup of tea flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 14, 2018 Roxanne rated it really liked it This is a truly original piece, centered around a modern day gathering and seamlessly combined with snippets of Mark Twain s timeless writing as well as interviews with an eclectic mix of individuals The chapters weave together interesting perspectives of American history, ecology, agriculture, racism, holidays, and day to day life This piece is yet another supporting example that studying food, and the way people use it, truly can be a key to piecing together bits of lost or misunderstood his This is a truly original piece, centered around a modern day gathering and seamlessly combined with snippets of Mark Twain s timeless writing as well as interviews with an eclectic mix of individuals The chapters weave together interesting perspectives of American history, ecology, agriculture, racism, holidays, and day to day life This piece is yet another supporting example that studying food, and the way people use it, truly can be a key to piecing together bits of lost or misunderstood history It rekindled my interest in reading of Twain s works, especially those he produced later in life Offerman s narration is flawless flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Alan rated it did not like it Shelves gave up, unfinished Not what I was expecting.Gave up in Chapter 3 Too much politics not enough food It wasn t even Twain s Feast, because the first two courses were or less copouts Can t find prairie chicken No problem Here s corn instead Can t figure out how to cook raccoon No problem We ll make a sausage mixed with enough other ingredients that no one can taste the raccoon flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 B.A Wilson rated it really liked it This Audible original was so random, in the most fascinating and delightful sort of way It was not at all what I expected, but I definitely enjoyed the commentary on Mark Twain, food, race, and environmental issues I didn t expect to get all of that out of this short listen, but it really delivered Pages 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Jeff Harris rated it really liked it Shelves audible, owned The concept of recreating a meal was interesting at first, but they never really followed through with the premise The stories and details surrounding it though were interesting, especially as I m not familiar with Twain s background Some of the clips that were added to the base narration went on uncomfortably long, almost like they were trying to fill time flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Tricia Culp rated it liked it Shelves non fiction Fun and fascinating for a Twain fan flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Sarah rated it it was amazing An audible original done right A great little storyline surrounding Twain, food, race, and environmental issues I absolutely loved this audiobook flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Laurali rated it liked it I believe this was an abridged version of a series This was informative, but I felt a bit cheated I didn t get to hear reactions to the feast The last three chapters just swept the whole dinner party premise under the rug flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Stina rated it liked it Shelves finished in 2018, genreland 2018, while i was reading 2018, habitica urc 2018, professional reading, read harder 2018, key words 2018, read the year 2018, popsugar challenge 2018 Book 82 for 2018Read Harder An essay anthologyThe Legendary Book Club of Habitica s Ultimate Reading Challenge A microhistoryKey Words November FoodWhile I Was Reading Read a book fiction or non about a historical person event era you re interested inReading the Year with Penguin November Pick up a book about the country you live inPopSugar A microhistoryGenreLand November FoodieWhat the heck even was this Well, I guess let s start with what it wasn t Twain s Feast Searching f Book 82 for 2018Read Harder An essay anthologyThe Legendary Book Club of Habitica s Ultimate Reading Challenge A microhistoryKey Words November FoodWhile I Was Reading Read a book fiction or non about a historical person event era you re interested inReading the Year with Penguin November Pick up a book about the country you live inPopSugar A microhistoryGenreLand November FoodieWhat the heck even was this Well, I guess let s start with what it wasn t Twain s Feast Searching for America s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens by Andrew Beahrs Though Beahrs was part of this production While Nick Offerman was the only person given billing as the narrator, he was but one of many voices present here, and I couldn t keep track of them all Some appeared throughout, and others popped in for a brief comment or two and were never heard from again Some were food experts, some were Twain scholars, and some were, as far as I could tell, semi random People With Opinions.Production wise, this was a bit of a train wreck At times, Offerman interviewed people Other times, it seemed like they were going for an NPR style radio essay format And sometimes, I d swear they just left an open mic in a room and asked people to talk about whatever crossed their minds about Twain, food, and or American history The editing of all of the segments was erratic at best For all that, it held my interest American cuisine really was different, and fascinatingly so, back in Twain s day I had two book club holiday potlucks for which I was supposed to prepare a dish inspired by my reading I had already rejected The Enchanted set on death row as my source of inspiration, and I was pinning my hopes on this book It was, after all, about an actual feast prepared based on the Beahrs book But I think they had determined after a few segments that amounted to yeah, that s illegal now, that maybe that wasn t such a great idea But they d started this project and they might as well package it and put it out there Let s just say that I was immensely relieved when they revealed that Twain was fond of maple syrup.And I really felt for the black guy whose assignment was to go to Arkansas for a coon hunt Seriously I meanWTF flag 2 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 01, 2019 Stephen rated it did not like it Shelves audiobooks You get what you pay for Since this came free with my Audible membership, I got what I paid for, but that doesn t mean it wasn t extremely disappointing While ostensibly about a meal based on Mark Twain s ideal American feast, the production takes his dishes as jumping off points for all sorts of other topics including racism and environmental responsibility The result is a confused narrative that pretends to be about Twain, but in fact is about the producers themselves flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Alan rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 reading challenge, audiobook edition, non fiction, free audible gift, food non fiction Intriguing Podcast Style Audio Documentary Review of the Audible Originals edition primarily narrated by Nick Offerman Twain s Feast was one of the free Audible Originals offered to members in November 2018 and was one of my choices It is not so much an audiobook as an audio documentary and realization of Andrew Beahrs Twain s Feast Searching for America s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens 2010 with Beahrs participating as well in the narration.The documentary makes an 8 course Intriguing Podcast Style Audio Documentary Review of the Audible Originals edition primarily narrated by Nick Offerman Twain s Feast was one of the free Audible Originals offered to members in November 2018 and was one of my choices It is not so much an audiobook as an audio documentary and realization of Andrew Beahrs Twain s Feast Searching for America s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens 2010 with Beahrs participating as well in the narration.The documentary makes an 8 course selection of Twain s 80 or so most desired American foods that he listed in The Innocents Abroad when he was away from North America and craving his favourite dishes The selections are 1 Prairie Hens2 Smoked Raccoon3 Trout Amandine4 Oysters5 Turtle Soup6 Sheepshead Fish7 Cranberries8 Maple Syrup SugarWith the aid of chef Tyler Anderson, the 8 course meal is created for a private gathering at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut You can read about the meal and see some photos here The documentary follows the selection of each course with anecdotes from Twain s life and with field recordings about the process of tracking down some of the now harder to find foods Then the banter between the chef and the guests is recorded as each course is served The audio quality of all of this was excellent despite the different environments that the producers worked with.Overall, this was an intriguing and entertaining journey through Mark Twain s biography as well as the history of American food As a sidenote, Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane was also offered but was not available to Canadian customers, so look for that if it is of interest and available to you flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 13, 2018 Jason McKinney rated it liked it This is an interesting idea and there s quite a bit of fun stuff to learn about Twain here he had a collection of vibratorsyes, Virginia, that kind of vibrator but the initial concept falls kinda flat The idea is that there is supposed to be a feast of eight dishes that Twain loved and along the way, we learn about him and these foods This is supplemented by a dinner party at the Twain home in Connecticut attended by Nick Offerman and various guests Jeff Tweedy, Wanda Sykes, etc This is an interesting idea and there s quite a bit of fun stuff to learn about Twain here he had a collection of vibratorsyes, Virginia, that kind of vibrator but the initial concept falls kinda flat The idea is that there is supposed to be a feast of eight dishes that Twain loved and along the way, we learn about him and these foods This is supplemented by a dinner party at the Twain home in Connecticut attended by Nick Offerman and various guests Jeff Tweedy, Wanda Sykes, etc The wrinkle is that the history is solid throughout but the dinner party segments just get shorter and shorter, eventually disappearing completely I m not really sure what happened there If you can get past that though, this is a decent listen flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 robyn rated it really liked it Shelves historical, food, biography A biographical feast made of memories This performance is a labor of love, a dinner made up of dishes that Twain loved, each course leading smoothly to a discussion of American history, Twain s writings, politics, slavery, ecology Prairie chicken, oysters, maple syrup, trout, raccoon windows not just onto the way American cooking has changed, but the ways in which America itself has changed Sometimes for the better, but for the worse as well.In places, Twain s halo has tarnished to reveal A biographical feast made of memories This performance is a labor of love, a dinner made up of dishes that Twain loved, each course leading smoothly to a discussion of American history, Twain s writings, politics, slavery, ecology Prairie chicken, oysters, maple syrup, trout, raccoon windows not just onto the way American cooking has changed, but the ways in which America itself has changed Sometimes for the better, but for the worse as well.In places, Twain s halo has tarnished to reveal tin But in that he perfectly embodies the country he loved SO much It s lovely to revisit not just his life, but a way of life in general that is long, long gone flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Immanuel rated it it was amazing Amazing I started listening just out of a passing curiosity and kept listening as they told a story not just about Mark Twain and the food that he loved but about the country that created many of the dishes and how well the author knew and loved America, even to the point of being self critical of the country that he loved.Like many of us, I was assigned to read some of his writings oh, but I didn t get it then After listening, I think I ll have to go back and review those again as an adult flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Angee Kilmer rated it really liked it Consisting of much than a discussion on food, this is a great audio documentary Think NPR food critic I feel it could have been edited better For instance, the turtle soup chapter should have been edited down to half Missouri born but a Kansan by choice, I enjoyed listening and learning about the Mark Twain history in my own backyard I know much about Mark Twain after listening This was an inspirational and enjoyable day of listening flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Nicholas Driscoll rated it liked it This was alright I learned a lot about Mark Twain Interesting guy The feast theme felt like a gimmick, but some of the facts that came out about the dishes were interesting I hadn t realized how popular turtle soup was Nor how common it was to eat raccoon I didn t find Nick Offerman to be very good as a narrator To me, he sounded kind of bored rather than funny or engaging Sometimes I just got tired of the asides.But it was alright flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Dec 25, 2018 Allison rated it really liked it Shelves audio, free Interesting, not just about Twain, who I don t know that much about, but also about how his life, in many ways reflected the changing American culture and landscape I d like to have seen criticism, but that s not the point of this so it s understandable that it wouldn t have much Worth listening to if you have any interest in Americana or Twain flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Katrina Gomez rated it it was amazing I loved this I am listening to Tom Sawyer on audible because of it History, food, human choice, loss, love, climate change, growth, San Francisco I was sad it ended Admittedly the end did feel like they kept the different interviews going a bit too long, like they needed to stretch it out to a certain length of time but I loved it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Geoff rated it really liked it Shelves audio book, nonfiction, read 2019 The episodes were a little disjointed, but overall this did a good job of capturing Twain the persona, Clemens the man, and the major changes the USA went through in his lifetime Doesn t shrink too much from controversial topics listening to the African American producer from Brooklyn reflecting on going on a coon hunt and being at a mostly white Coon Dinner in the south was riveting and, probably most importantly, made me want to read Twain flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Daria rated it liked it Shelves audiobooks, non fiction, usa An interesting listen with a lot of effort put in by the production crew However, the concept of uniting culinary history, American history and Twain s biography in one doesn t always work The bits about Twain are always by far the most interesting some random stories about the lifecycle of a certain fish look alien and uncapttivating in such context.Anyway, thanks Audible for a free treat flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Chad rated it liked it It was great to get to know of the personal life of Samuel Clements and how he became Mark Twain I m not sure how the food and meals really fit in and I felt the book was overshadowed by talk of racism and anti white rants flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Lynn Cahoon rated it it was amazing I adored this meal built around Mark Twain s life and the history of the times flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 07, 2018 Jordan rated it really liked it Received via Audible monthly free Audible Original My dad loved Mark Twain He worked in Elmira where Twain wrote some of his most favorite works But I enjoyed hearing this different approach to the man A quick read, nice to hear between heavier books Also Nick Offerman s laugh is one of the best things on the planet flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag Flurries Twains Feast by Audible Originals 5 stars 2 13 Nov 28, 2018 06 53PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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    1. Received this for free as part of my Audible membership If you re interested in reading this, I think it s important to know that this book is about a LOT than just food It really covers the life and times of Mark Twain, and although the project centers around food it also ends up touching on history, climate change, racism, Mark Twain s family life and evolution from Samuel Clemens to MT, and much .The style of the Audible version is a lot like an audio documentary, which I enjoyed, Received t [...]


    2. A peculiar listen, that is incredibly difficult to follow at times, especially while being a recording in a room full of people talking I liked the idea but it felt slapdash and incomplete, and left me a bit disappointed.


    3. I wanted to like this Mark Twain Awesome History Love it Food I m all about that And then and then came 4 hours of lackluster and poorly edited disappointment I didn t have to spend any money one it but, ugh, can I get my time back


    4. Typical millennial half assery This Audible Original purports to be a recreation of a feast Twain dreamed about upon returning to the US from international travel A Tramp Abroad I was expecting a literate discussion of the food of that period, much like Mark Kurlansky would do Cod, Salt, The Big Oyster, etc Instead I get a hipster chef creating the meal from a food truck and serving such Mark Twain experts such as Nick Offerman, Wanda Sykes, and Jeff Tweedy And of course some of the p Typical mi [...]


    5. What a yarn What I thought to be a twofold tale of a man and his feast turned out to be so much True, both man and feast are well covered here in a culinary biography like no other see my review for Jim Harrison s A Really Big Lunch , but most of all it is a story of America after its Civil War until at the turn of the 20th century The people of this time and traditions are nearly lost most especially the food thanks to prohibition, WWII, rationing, freezing, microwaving, and other g What a yar [...]


    6. Essentially it looks at a few things in Mark Twain s life, but doesn t give the real picture It s entertaining, but can be a bit crass There s stuff you don t hear most places so that s cool though


    7. Based on Mark Twain s extensive favorite foods list, this audio documentary provides a brief glimpse at American culinary history, discussing many regional cuisines and imparting socioeconomic insight as to why many dishes no longer exist It s also a snapshot of Twain s life, his writing, and an ever changing America This Audible Original is narrated by massive Twain fan Nick Offerman and food journalist Andrew Beahrs, who penned the print version Very enjoyable


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