Mark Twain's love of American foods

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jmckee
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Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 10:36 AM
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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/little-bill-of-fare.html

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 11:01 AM
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Thanks so much for that link!
 

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 11:02 AM
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I noticed one item on Mark Twain's list that I have no idea what it is: "Prairie liens, from Illinois".   I am old, but I guess not old enough to have heard of them.  Does anybody have any idea what he might be talking about? 

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 11:17 AM
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"Prairie liens, from Illinois".   I am old, but I guess not old enough to have heard of them.  Does anybody have any idea what he might be talking about?  

I suspect it has something to do with either a liaison or binding if taken from a food context, but a liaison of what...good question I'd also be interested in any insight to its origin.

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 11:18 AM
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Very interesting list, but I believe I will pass on the possum and the 'coon.

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 2:08 PM
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Did the ol' Google search on "prairie liens"; they appear to be some sort of wild fowl, perhaps similar to the grouse, and apparently, at least according to Mr. Twain, who I have no reason to doubt, they are indigenous to my home state.  Couldn't be prouder!
 
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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 5:19 PM
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Loved it!!---and I think that "liens" may well be Prarie Chicken.--tasty--but now endangered.
 

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sat, 03/3/12 6:14 PM
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It is prairie chicken, and they are delicious.

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sun, 03/4/12 11:03 AM
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You folks might be interested in a 2010 publication: Twain's Feast, Andrew Beahrs, Penguin. In about 300 pages the author tells a wonderful tale of his own search for the products and dishes on Twain's 1879 list of the foods he most missed while traveling in Europe. 
 
Cheers, John 

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Sun, 03/4/12 1:01 PM
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Very cool! Thanks John!
 

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Mon, 03/5/12 11:39 AM
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Oh, I've got to read that book.

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Re:Mark Twain's love of American foods - Mon, 03/5/12 3:22 PM
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my wife is a librarian--:) it is on it's way to me right now!