Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent

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Yale University Press
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6.05 X 8.92 X 0.85 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author
John Reader is a writer and photojournalist who holds an honorary research fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. He lives in Surrey, UK.

"[This] accessible account embraces the latest scholarship and addresses the failings of previous works on the subject. Indeed the book, like the tuber it describes, fills a void: the spud now has the biography it deserves."--Economist

"John Reader's superb history traces the potato's rise from mistaken identity to the basic food now cultivated in 149 countries."--Robert Collins, Sunday Times

"As a staple of the global diet, the potato is worth this digestible book . . ."--Iain Finlayson, Times

". . . rarely has this kind of thing been done so well."--Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller

"A riveting new history . . ."--Toby Morison, Sunday Telegraph Stella Supplement
"A very thorough historical treatment of the tuber."--Billy Heller, New York Post
"Photojournalist Reader traces the humble potato from its roots in the Peruvian Andes to J.R. Simplot's multibillion-dollar-a-year French fry business. . . . Recommended for academic and large public libraries."--Library Journal
"Potato is more than a history of the spud. . . . [This] is a history of colonialization, industrialization, and globalization whose perspective is determined by the evolutions and adaptations of the 'propitious esculent.' . . . Highly recommended."--A. B. Audant, Choice
"[Potato is] the story of the power of a species of plant to influence and to shape the development of world cultures."--James P. Hammersmith, Southern Humanities Review