Potato

Potato

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by Andrew F. Smith
     
 

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?From its obscure Pre-Columbian beginnings in the Andes Mountains of South America to its global stardom today, the story of the potato is one of rags to riches. Potato tells the captivating tale of an allegedly lowly vegetable that has changed - and continues to change - the world. The potato was first domesticated by prehistoric people in the Andes Mountains of… See more details below

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?From its obscure Pre-Columbian beginnings in the Andes Mountains of South America to its global stardom today, the story of the potato is one of rags to riches. Potato tells the captivating tale of an allegedly lowly vegetable that has changed - and continues to change - the world. The potato was first domesticated by prehistoric people in the Andes Mountains of South America. Since then it has been adopted by cultures the world over, and has become especially popular in China and India, where it has become a dietary staple - these two countries are now the world's largest consumers and producers of potatoes. Despite its popularity, the potato has also gone through some dark times, falling victim to negative publicity regarding nutrition, especially when taking the form of the delectable, yet highly calorific, French fry. Potato is a captivating read that provides a concise, thoroughly researched account of the history, economy, politics and gastronomy of this well-loved starch. The book also contains recipes for potatoes puffed, scalloped, mashed, stir-fried, wedged and shredded, as well as potato cakes, tattie scones and Chinese potato chips. This succinct and exciting book will appeal to anyone who loves potatoes, or the history of food.

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Editorial Reviews

Toronto Star

“We are quite taken with the short but engagingly readable Edibles series of handsome little books on basic, well, edibles, as in the cultural and global history of one type of food or beverage. Originating in England from Reaktion Books but written by foodie journalists or food science academics on both sides of the Atlantic, these spritely, much-illustrated books are a peruser’s delight.”—Toronto Star

Wall Street Journal
“As food historian Andrew F. Smith shows in Potato: A Global History, even the lowly spud packs a lot of colorful history, including a fleeting aphrodisiacal reputation: It was described by one 16th-century British writer as a lust-enhancing ‘venerous root.’ The potato is such a staple today that few who enjoy it realize that it was known only in Latin America until conquistadors returning to Spain introduced it to their countrymen.”—Wall Street Journal

Winterthur Portfolio

“A fun, smartly written series appropriate for a popular audience that likes to eat . . . the Edible series books provide level-headed and enjoyable overviews of food culture . . . These will create a little library that any foodie will be proud to show off . . . aesthetically pleasing volumes with decent content that would make good presents.”

Winterthur Portfolio, on the Edible series

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861899972
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Edible
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,085,920
File size:
10 MB

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