The Potato How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World <ul><li>Larry Zuckerman </li></ul>
Zuckerman’s Thesis <ul><li>“ It [the potato] resolved or made more manageable so many problems of time, space, labor, land...
Origin of the Potato <ul><li>Spanish 1570  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chilean coast, central Andean highlands </li></ul></ul>
Benefits <ul><li>high yield, little work </li></ul><ul><li>hardy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>weak soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Reception <ul><li>many preferred sweet potato over this </li></ul><ul><li>“ Only the wretched eat this root.” </li></ul><u...
Ireland (1650-1845) <ul><li>1640s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>oats and butter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>quickly took to the potato ...
Ireland (1845-49) <ul><li>potato famine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>blight </li></ul></ul><ul><li>much dependence on the staple ...
France (1650-1914) <ul><li>although more vegetables, a bigger fear of a “deadly nightshade” </li></ul><ul><li>lower classe...
America <ul><li>accepted immediately </li></ul><ul><li>highly sought after / everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>variety of meals...
England (1650-1900) <ul><li>staples: bread and meat </li></ul><ul><li>mixed breads avoided </li></ul><ul><li>meal stretche...
Food for the Poor <ul><li>associated with laziness </li></ul><ul><li>food snobbery </li></ul><ul><li>street eating </li></...
Acceptance <ul><li>urban working class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>fish and chips - the new potato </li></ul></ul><ul><li>welcom...
Conclusion <ul><li>The adoption of potato came about as time and space began to shrink. Although outwardly ugly and unappe...
 
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  1. 1. The Potato How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World <ul><li>Larry Zuckerman </li></ul>
  2. 2. Zuckerman’s Thesis <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Origin of the Potato <ul><li>Spanish 1570 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chilean coast, central Andean highlands </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Benefits <ul><li>high yield, little work </li></ul><ul><li>hardy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>weak soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>weather that would ruin other grains. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>very healthy </li></ul><ul><li>fodder </li></ul><ul><li>few utensils needed </li></ul><ul><li>easily cooked </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reception <ul><li>many preferred sweet potato over this </li></ul><ul><li>“ Only the wretched eat this root.” </li></ul><ul><li>no seeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>sent by the devil </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Ireland (1650-1845) <ul><li>1640s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>oats and butter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>quickly took to the potato </li></ul><ul><ul><li>still a social marker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>climate </li></ul><ul><li>lack of tools </li></ul><ul><li>potato in gridlock with land & poverty </li></ul><ul><li>encouraged marriage </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ireland (1845-49) <ul><li>potato famine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>blight </li></ul></ul><ul><li>much dependence on the staple </li></ul><ul><li>hostility and selfishness </li></ul><ul><li>moral plague </li></ul><ul><li>lack of government help </li></ul>
  8. 8. France (1650-1914) <ul><li>although more vegetables, a bigger fear of a “deadly nightshade” </li></ul><ul><li>lower classes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>upper classes embarrassed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>land and identity linked </li></ul><ul><li>no lazy associations </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Passion for Thrift” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ thrift, simplicity, and self denial” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>French fries 1870 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. America <ul><li>accepted immediately </li></ul><ul><li>highly sought after / everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>variety of meals </li></ul><ul><li>first cookbook </li></ul><ul><li>kitchens / extensive meal process </li></ul><ul><li>eating was “serious business” </li></ul><ul><li>potato chips 1850 </li></ul>
  10. 10. England (1650-1900) <ul><li>staples: bread and meat </li></ul><ul><li>mixed breads avoided </li></ul><ul><li>meal stretchers </li></ul><ul><li>associated with the Irish </li></ul>
  11. 11. Food for the Poor <ul><li>associated with laziness </li></ul><ul><li>food snobbery </li></ul><ul><li>street eating </li></ul><ul><li>disguised </li></ul><ul><li>“ He Would Rather Be Hanged” </li></ul><ul><li>supported laborers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Acceptance <ul><li>urban working class </li></ul><ul><ul><li>fish and chips - the new potato </li></ul></ul><ul><li>welcomed by housewives </li></ul><ul><li>World War I </li></ul><ul><li>from contempt to under the radar </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>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. </li></ul>

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