The Incredible Potato: A Cookbook and History


158 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-919845-32-0





Reviewed by Joan McGrath

Joan McGrath is a Toronto Board of Education library consultant.


Those who have unthinkingly dismissed the potato as a humble vegetable fit only to fill the empty place on the dinner plate next to the meat will be forced to think again after encountering this introduction to more than 200 ways The Incredible Potato can be served. They will probably be astonished by the barrage of facts and figures regarding the potato’s nutritional potential.

Here, in recipes from 20 or more different countries, each of which treats the potato in ways unique to the national cuisine, is a wealth of potato recipes under the headings French Fries, Appetizers and Snacks; Breakfast Suggestions; Lunch Ideas and Salads; Dinner and Side Dishes; Baked Stuffed Potatoes; Soups; Breads and Yeast Rolls; Desserts and Sweets. Also included are information on the different varieties of potato available and tips on buying and storing this most useful and versatile of foods. The potato lore is impressive; the writing style, alas, is not. A useful volume for kitchen consultation, spiralbound for convenience, and fully indexed. Measurements both metric and imperial.


Toews-Andrews, Agnes, “The Incredible Potato: A Cookbook and History,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 19, 2024,