I have the book Steve mentions--Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens. And while there aren't specific recipes included that originated from Twain exactly, the author Andrew Beahrs, uses the fantasy menu of favorite American foods dreamed up by Twain while on a European tour after he'd grown sick of hotel cooking.
From Twain's list of 80-some dishes, Bears selects eight regional specialities and goes on a drive-about the country in search of them: possum and raccoon, trout at Lake Tahoe, oysters and mussels in San Francisco, terrapin in Philadelphia, sheep-head and croakers in New Orleans, cranberries, and maple syrup.
Sprinkled throughout the book, Beahrs includes recipes or directions from experts and/or cookbooks of the times. Here's one entitled, "To Make Cranberry Tarts" from Hannah Glasse, The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy, 1805.
To one pound of four three quarters of a pound of butter, then stew your cranberry's [sic] to a jelly, putting good brown sugar in to sweeten them, strain the cranberry's and then put them in your patty pans for baking in a moderate oven for half an hour.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Kim Steutermann Rogers
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On Jan 3, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Stephen Railton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Arianne--There's a book called Twain's Feast, by Andrew Beahrs, you
> should look into. Steve Railton
> On 1/3/2015 3:50 PM, Arianne wrote:
>> One of my friends is also a Mark Twain enthusiast. Once she did
>> research to prepare a meal of Mark Twain's favorites in honor of
>> a local Mark Twain impressionist who scared us by a too long pause when he
>> entertained us after dinner.
>> She and her husband were with me when we met Kevin and Pegge in Boston
>> several years ago. Her book, "Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their
>> Recipes" is enjoying a long run on Amazon written by Maryellen Burns and
>> her brother Keith.
>> But recently, somewhere, she saw a reference to Mark Twain recipes.
>> Neither of us knows if there are any. Do you know if in any of his writing
>> actual recipes appear?
>> Thanks for any help.