The Complete Potato Cookbook Author:Ruth Bakalar From an elegant formal dinner to a quick hearty luncheon, there's a potato dish for every menu, every budget, and every occasion. There are also many good recipes that have potatoes as an important, if not the principal ingredient. Indeed, this often taken-for-granted tuber well deserves its description as "the world's most versatile vegetable... more »."
Here, at last, is a book that celebrates the lowly potato in the style it deserves, presenting sumptuous foods that are bound to please even the most finicky palate. As unique as it is appetizing, this mouthwatering collection of potato recipes includes everything from hors d'oeuvres, soups, and salads to entrees, breads, cookies, and desserts. Indeed, this vegetable's pleasing texture and accommodating mildness make it go well with almost everything. What is more, the low caloric content of the potato makes it a perfect diet-food!
"Some of the recipes, long neglected, have been revived and brought up to date for modern use - the potato cakes and desserts, for instance. Some, like Pommes Duchess, are part of the grand classic cuisine. Some are sturdy country fare, some were invented for kings. Some come from poverty-ridden countries where potatoes were the difference between life and death, as in Ireland, and some from hearty-eating countries like Germany."
But The Complete Potato Cookbook does more than just tell how we can eat potatoes. It also gives hints on how to buy potatoes, as well as what kinds are the best to use in the recipe of your choice. There are even special sections devoted to potatoes for the buffet, potatoes to cook outdoors, and potatoes to cook for a crowd! In short, for snack-time, partytime, or daily family fare, here are potato recipes to serve your every need.
In addition, Ruth Bakalar has filled this one-of-a-kind cookbook with hundreds of interesting facts related to the potato: how potato chips were discovered, for example, and how potatoes have been used as a beauty treatment and even as a preventative for scurvy.« less