The Potato

How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World

Larry Zuckerman

North Point Press

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The Potato tells the story of how a humble vegetable, once regarded as trash food, had as revolutionary an impact on Western history as the railroad or the automobile. Using Ireland, England, France, and the United States as examples, Larry Zuckerman shows how daily life from the 1770s until World War I would have been unrecognizable-perhaps impossible-without the potato, which functioned as fast food, famine insurance, fuel and labor saver, budget stretcher, and bank loan, as well as delicacy. Drawing on personal diaries, contemporaneous newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, this is popular social history at its liveliest and most illuminating.

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"Throrough and lively....Zuckerman is an excellent storyteller, both conscientious and colloquial....The book stimulates and illuminates."--Emily Gordon, Newsday

"The story of the potato in Western civilization is part of the history of the table, of living conditions, of social attitudes, and even of views of heredity and degeneration. Zuckerman's exploration of these areas without losing his grip on the tuber is masterful, excuted with economy and wit."--Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Sunday Globe

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Larry Zuckerman

Larry Zuckerman is a freelance editor and writer. He lives in Seattle with his wife and young son.

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The Potato
How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World
Larry Zuckerman

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
October 1999
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865475786
ISBN10: 0865475784
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes Maps, Notes, a Bibliography, and an Index
$15.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
October 1999
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466812437
ISBN10: 1466812435
336 pages, Maps, Notes, Bibliography, Index
$9.99
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