The potato

Propitious esculent : The potato in World History John Reader Publisher William Heinemann
Reviewed in Nature by Sandra Knapp Potatoes and poverty Nature 2008 vol 455 pp 170-71
This book is devoted to a most important vegetable , the potato which has sustained impoverished populations world wide. Originating in South America. One of the great sights in a country such as Bolivia is to see farmers wife’s sitting by heaps of potatoes in the markets, each pile a different potato.
The reviewer does not gush about this book, but it must be a valuable contribution to our knowledge of this important item of food.

Martin Eastwood
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