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Potato : a history of the propitious esculent

Author: John Reader
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale Univ. Press, 2009.
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Photojournalist Reader (Africa: A Biography of the Continent) traces the humble potato from its roots in the Peruvian Andes to J.R. Simplot's multibillion-dollar-a-year French fry business. Despite its predilection to disease, the potato is a highly adaptable, high-yield, and nutrient-packed foodstuff. While this title focuses primarily on the potato's presence in South America and Europe, it also touches on Papua  Read more...
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Reader, John.
Potato.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale Univ. Press, 2009
(OCoLC)262432286
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Reader
ISBN: 9780300153996 0300153996 1282351745 9781282351745 9780300171457 0300171455 9786612351747 6612351748
OCLC Number: 391334763
Language Note: English.
Notes: Previously published as Propitious esculent by William Heinemann in 2008.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 315 pages) : illustrations
Contents: South America --
To Mars from the Andes --
What exactly is a potato? --
Domestication --
Whence have they come? --
A dainty dish --
Europe --
The lonely impulse of delight --
The way it was --
The demoralising esculent --
Where the praties grow --
Sees of famine --
Woe the sons of Adam! --
The world --
The fatal malady --
Co-opting science --
Men on a mission --
Global voyage --
Developing worlds --
for the price of apples.
Responsibility: John Reader.

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Photojournalist Reader (Africa: A Biography of the Continent) traces the humble potato from its roots in the Peruvian Andes to J.R. Simplot's multibillion-dollar-a-year French fry business. Despite its predilection to disease, the potato is a highly adaptable, high-yield, and nutrient-packed foodstuff. While this title focuses primarily on the potato's presence in South America and Europe, it also touches on Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and China-currently the world's largest producer and consumer of potatoes. Verdict: Curiously little attention is paid to the tuber's contributions to the culinary and beverage landscape; the UK subtitle of this work, "The Potato in World History," provides a more accurate description of the focus of the text.

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