Pass the Potatoes

Potatoes come in over 5,000 different varieties, ranging in color, shape, and size.

They can be baked, boiled, or mashed. Unlike many other foods, potatoes can be easily cooked in a microwave oven and still retain nearly all their nutritional value.

Potatoes are prepared in many ways: skin-on or peeled, whole or diced, with seasonings or without. Common dishes are mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, and French-fried potatoes.

Besides eating, you can also use potatoes to brew alcoholic beverages, such as vodka. Potato starch is used in the food industry as a thickener and binder for soups and sauces. Potato skins, along with honey, are a folk remedy for burns in India.

Whip up some of the recipes included in these titles from our digital collections and serve this American staple at your table and you will hear, "Please, pass the potatoes."

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It doesn't matter how you serve them—potatoes are a beloved staple. In Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked—and Fried, Too! award-winning cooking teacher and author Raghavan Iyer dives in, creating 75 great-tasting potato dishes with roots in cuisines far and near—from Potato-Stuffed Chile Rellenos to the Ultimate French Fries; from West African Sweet Potato Soup to Rosti to Potato Pierogies; from Hasselback Potatoes with Cardamom Butter to Potato Lasagna with Lemon Ricotta.

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In this paean to the brightly colored root, April McGreger tells the multifaceted history of a fundamental southern food, praising its rich and diverse savory-to-sweet flavor profile, botanical varieties, and shockingly high nutritional value. Along with instructions for selection and storage, McGreger shares the fifty best sweet potato recipes in the world.

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The most health-happy collection of its kind, these recipes deliver not only the great taste but also the incredible nutrition of the potato as a low-fat complex carbohydrate that's cholesterol-free and literally loaded with potassium, vitamin C, and fiber.

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The only comprehensive resource for home gardeners and commercial potato growers, The Complete Book of Potatoes has everything a gardener or commercial potato grower needs to successfully grow the best, disease-resistant potatoes for North American gardens. Includes practical as well as technical information about the potato plant, its origin, conventional and organic production techniques, pest management, and storage practices. The plant profiles include still life photographs of the exterior and interior of the tuber, and a succinct description of each variety's physical and culinary qualities.

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