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Mark Twain fans need this book.
Getting a chef to pick a favorite cookbook is like asking a parent to choose her most-loved child. But F&W pressed great cooks around the country to reveal their all-time top picks.
The Chef: Jonathon Stranger
The Book: Twain’s Feast, by Andrew Beahrs (2010)
“It’s a compilation of all his writings on food, from his travels all over the country,” Stranger says. “There aren’t a lot of cookbooks about Oklahoma, especially about what people have cooked here in the past. We’re trying to define a cuisine of the plains. A lot of that comes from Native Americans, but that oral history is almost gone. So it’s fun to be able to read about what life was like here 70 or 80 years ago. Plus, I’m a huge Mark Twain fan.”