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    • The Potato How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World
      • Larry Zuckerman
    • Zuckerman’s Thesis
      • “ It [the potato] resolved or made more manageable so many problems of time, space, labor, land fuel, and income that, without it, daily existence would have been unrecognizable.”
    • Origin of the Potato
      • Spanish 1570
        • Chilean coast, central Andean highlands
    • Benefits
      • high yield, little work
      • hardy
        • weak soil
        • weather that would ruin other grains.
      • very healthy
      • fodder
      • few utensils needed
      • easily cooked
    • Reception
      • many preferred sweet potato over this
      • “ Only the wretched eat this root.”
      • no seeds
        • sent by the devil
    • Ireland (1650-1845)
      • 1640s
        • oats and butter
      • quickly took to the potato
        • still a social marker
      • easily accessible
      • climate
      • lack of tools
      • potato in gridlock with land & poverty
      • encouraged marriage
    • Ireland (1845-49)
      • potato famine
        • blight
      • much dependence on the staple
      • hostility and selfishness
      • moral plague
      • lack of government help
    • France (1650-1914)
      • although more vegetables, a bigger fear of a “deadly nightshade”
      • lower classes
        • upper classes embarrassed
      • land and identity linked
      • no lazy associations
      • “ A Passion for Thrift”
        • “ thrift, simplicity, and self denial”
        • French fries 1870
    • America
      • accepted immediately
      • highly sought after / everywhere
      • variety of meals
      • first cookbook
      • kitchens / extensive meal process
      • eating was “serious business”
      • potato chips 1850
    • England (1650-1900)
      • staples: bread and meat
      • mixed breads avoided
      • meal stretchers
      • associated with the Irish
    • Food for the Poor
      • associated with laziness
      • food snobbery
      • street eating
      • disguised
      • “ He Would Rather Be Hanged”
      • supported laborers
    • Acceptance
      • urban working class
        • fish and chips - the new potato
      • welcomed by housewives
      • World War I
      • from contempt to under the radar
    • Conclusion
      • The adoption of potato came about as time and space began to shrink. Although outwardly ugly and unappealing, despite holding no connections to history, and being a quick meal, the potato fit into the rapidly expanding and fast-paced world we know today.
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