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Feeding the people : the politics of the potato

Author: Rebecca Earle
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
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"Almost no one knew what a potato was in 1500. Today they are the world's fourth most important food crop. Feeding the People traces the global journey of this popular foodstuff from the Andes to everywhere. The potato's global history makes visible the ways in which our ideas about eating are entangled with the emergence of capitalism and its celebration of the free market. The potato's story also reminds us that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Earle, Rebecca, 1964-
Feeding the people
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2019039286
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Earle
ISBN: 9781108484060 1108484069
OCLC Number: 1119642840
Description: xiv, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: List of figures; List of recipes; List of abbreviations; Introduction. Pouring ourselves a large gin; 1. Immigrant potatoes; 2. Enlightened potatoes; 3. Free-market potatoes; 4. Global potatoes; 5. Capitalist potatoes; 6. Security potatoes; Conclusions. Parmentier, peasants and personal responsibility; Acknowledgements; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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Almost no one knew what a potato was in 1500. Today everyone eats them. This book traces the global journey of this popular foodstuff from the Andes to everywhere. En route it helps explain why we  Read more...

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