Despite Ireland's Great Famine and terms like "couch potato," Seattle writer Zuckerman extols the pivotal role of the "treasure of the Andes" in Western history from the 16th through 20th century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Informative . . . To single [the potato] out as the salvation of the world as we know it is . . . not, as this book proves, preposterous.
The Washington Post
Thorough and lively . . . Zuckerman is an excellent storyteller.
The story of the potato in Western civilization is part of the history of the table, of living conditions, of social attitudes, and even of views of heredity and degeneration. Zuckerman's exploration of these areas . . . is masterful, executed with economy and wit.
The Boston Sunday Globe