Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked--and Fried, Too!: A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes

The potato has its origins in ancient Andean civilization and is an essential ingredient in billions of homes in more than 100 countries around the globe. Self-professed potato-holic Rahgavan Iyer (600 Curries) gives the tuber a turn in the spotlight in his colorful, fun-filled and curiously entertaining cookbook. Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked--and Fried, Too! offers a primer on the varieties of potatoes that exist in the world (5,000 types worldwide, in starchy and waxy variants), their uses in various cooking methods and odd trivia bits (like a shout-out to the American who became the first non-Japanese citizen to pass the shochu distilled beverage advisor test). Throughout, the well traveled, James Beard and IACP Award-winning author offers intriguing recipes, many of which can be prepared in nine steps or fewer. Highlights include a Hmong-inspired sweet potato, chicken and lemongrass stew and a mojito potato-pomegranate salad. Who knew tubers could be so versatile? --Nancy Powell, freelance writer and technical consultant

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