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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 changeda€”and continues to changea€”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 worlda€™s 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 starcha€”as well as recipes. As loaded with goodies as a well-dressed baked potato, this book is comforting and satisfying.In the United States, N.K.M. Leea#39;s The Cooka#39;s Own Book ( ) includes a recipe for Irish stew that is made from the ... It did not take potato growers long to find a way to make flour from potatoes, and the next step was to add this to wheat oranbsp;...

Author:Andrew F. Smith
Publisher:Reaktion Books - 2012-01-01


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