If, like me, you mostly read at night in bed, don't choose this book.
Zuckerman, who writes quite well, provides us with a tremendous social history of the potato in a few countries: France, England, Ireland and the US.
This book had some statistics but they seemed there more to back the author's opinion rather than to ascertain what really happened.
This was pretty good. The author ended up saying the same thing over and over again as it appeared to me he was cobbling a bunch of independent writings together into a book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Volkster
The book spent too much time on the social effects and implications of the potato and the Irish Potato Famine, What about Poland, Germany and Russia? Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Walt Rinehart
This is really a solid book - sort of a gateway book - it purports to be about the potato, but it's really about land tenancy laws, enclosure, the advent of crop rotation,... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Jenn
I got interested in potatoes during a visit to their homeland in Peru. This book gives a great account of how they moved from the Andean highlands to our dinner table.Published on June 14, 2010 by James B. Young
"Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World," by Larry Zuckerman, North Point Press, NY, 1998. This 320 p. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by Paul Eckler
If, like me, you mostly read at night in bed, don't choose this book. No-one should go to sleep in an irritable mood, having painfully re-read pages to ascertain what the author is... Read morePublished on July 14, 2005 by H. Gabites
Riding on the wave of single-ingredient books, this one is a poorly edited but mildly interesting book, mostly about Irish peasantry and how the potato was viewed by its various... Read morePublished on April 29, 2005 by Francatelli
Don't let the corny (ouch!) title put you off: this is a serious look at the historical place of the potato in England, Ireland, France and the United States. Read morePublished on September 4, 2003 by Bruce Loveitt
One of the interesting things Zuckerman notes in this four century social history is the hard time the venerable vegetable has had in the court of public opinion over the years. Read morePublished on January 7, 2001 by email@example.com