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Propitious esculent : the potato in world history

Author: John Reader
Publisher: London : William Heinemann, 2008.
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Before domestication on the Andean Altiplano, the high alkaloid content of potatoes made them poisonous to humans. But since then, these perfectly formed bundles of nutrition - naturally fat free, consisting mainly of energy-giving carbohydrate, but also containing protein, vitamin C and potassium - have been grown safely and cheaply underground in almost any weather and soil conditions, helping to fuel industrial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reader, John.
Propitious esculent.
London : William Heinemann, 2008
(OCoLC)608486781
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Reader
ISBN: 9780434013180 0434013188 9780434018369 0434018368
OCLC Number: 176824296
Notes: Map on lining papers.
Description: xvi, 315 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. South America --
1. To Mars from the Andes --
2. What exactly is a potato? --
3. Domestication --
4. Whence have they come? --
5. A dainty dish --
pt. 2. Europe --
6. the lonely impulse of delight --
7. The way it was --
8. The demoralising esculent --
9. Where the praties grow --
10. Seeds of famine --
11. Woe the sons of Adam! --
pt. 3. The World --
12. The fatal malady --
13. Co-opting science --
14. Men on a mission --
15. Global voyage --
16. Developing worlds --
17. For the price of apples.
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Before domestication thousands of years ago, high up on the Andean antiplano, the high alkaloid content of potatoes made them poisonous to humans. This book traces potato's fascinating journey, from  Read more...

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