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Potato: A Global History (Edible)

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From obscure Pre-Columbian beginnings in the Andes Mountains to global popularity today, the story of the potato is one of rags to riches. In Potato, esteemed culinary historian Andrew F. Smith reveals the captivating story of a once lowly vegetable that has changed—and continues to change—the world.

 

First domesticated by prehistoric people in the Andes, the potato has since been adopted by cultures around the globe. For instance, the potato was aggressively adopted by cooks in India and China, where it has become a dietary staple. In fact, these two countries now stand as the worlds largest potato producers. Nonetheless, despite its popularity, in this era of both fast food and health consciousness, the potato is now suffering negative publicity regarding its low nutritional value. Its health benefits continue to be debated, especially considering that the potato is most often associated with the ubiquitous but high-calorie french fry.

 

Potato is a captivating read that provides a concisely written but thoroughly researched account of the history, economy, politics, and gastronomy behind this beloved starch—as well as recipes. As loaded with goodies as a well-dressed baked potato, this book is comforting and satisfying.

About the Author

Andrew F. Smith teaches culinary history at the New School, New York. His other books include The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food and Hamburger: A Global History, the latter also published by Reaktion Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Wild and Domesticated Potato

2. The Potato Diaspora

3. The European Potato Famine

4. The Culinary Potato

5. The Commercial Potato

6. The Cultural Potato

7. The Global Potato Today and Tomorrow

Recipes

References

Select Bibliography

Websites and Associations

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861897992
Author:
Smith, Andrew F.
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
History
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Vegetables General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Reaktion Books - Edible
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 color plates, 15 halftones
Pages:
142
Dimensions:
7.75 x 4.75 in

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