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Author: John Reader
ISBN: 0434018368
Pages: 315 pages
Publisher: William Heinemann (May 6, 2008)
Language: English
Category: Biological Sciences
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by John Reader



The Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History is a book by John Reader outlining the role of the potato (the esculent of the title) in world history.

The Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History is a book by John Reader outlining the role of the potato (the esculent of the title) in world history. It was also published under the titles The Untold History of the Potato and Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent. The potato has been present and influential during the major events in the last 500 years. These include the historical moments of discovery and culture change that have led to the present globalized world.

John Reader's superb history traces the potato's rise from mistaken identity to the basic food now cultivated in 149 countries. ―Robert Collins, Sunday Times

John Reader's superb history traces the potato's rise from mistaken identity to the basic food now cultivated in 149 countries. ―Robert Collins, Sunday Times. As a staple of the global diet, the potato is worth this digestible book. Iain Finlayson, Times. rarely has this kind of thing been done so well. ―Giles Foden, Conde Nast Traveller.

Sadly," notes John Reader, "the innocent potato has facilitated exploitation wherever .

Sadly," notes John Reader, "the innocent potato has facilitated exploitation wherever it has been introduced. Spanish silver from Peru depended on deadly mercury mines, where a slave workforce was fuelled by potatoes. And when the potato arrived in the Old World in 1562 – not via Drake or Raleigh, whose voyages didn't touch potato-growing regions – it was considered aphrodisiac. In a book sometimes too wide-ranging – it is strange to find oneself reading about the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 – there's one strange omission: Reader isn't very interested in the culinary side of the potato.

This is the most versatile esculent that has ever existed. Now, let's clarify something

The potato-humble, lumpy, bland, familiar-is a decidedly unglamorous staple. This is the most versatile esculent that has ever existed. Now, let's clarify something. When I was reading this, I kept telling anyone who would listen, "I am reading a book about the history OF the potato. Propitious Esculent is not about the history of the potato. We do not follow the potato through birth, its tribulations into contemporary times. The potato is singularly nutritious, yielding four times more. Unlock quality journalism on the topics that you decide matter most.

John Reader asks in Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent Does Reader overstate the potato’s role in complex historical trends? Undoubtedly.

John Reader asks in Potato: A History of the Propitious Esculent. If the claim seems odd to those for whom the tuber is little more than a mainstay of comfort foods, Reader argues that its low-key ubiquity is an indication of just how central the potato is to our lives. Beginning with evidence of 12,500-year-old domesticated potatoes at an archaeological site in Chile, moving to the Inca Empire and on to Renaissance Europe, Reader shows how potatoes (which today are the world’s fourth-largest food crop) have tipped the balance of subsistence. Does Reader overstate the potato’s role in complex historical trends? Undoubtedly.

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From domestication in Peru 8,000 years ago to its status today as the world's fourth largest food crop, the potato has played a starring-or at least supporting-role in many chapters of human history. In this witty and engaging book, Reader opens our eyes to the power of the potato

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Items related to Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History. 2008 has been designated International Year of the Potato by the UN and, as global population swells and famine remains a constant risk, Reader asks what role the spud still has to play. Home Reader, John Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History. Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History. About the Author: John Reader is an author and photojournalist. He holds fellowships in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Geographic Society.

A highly readable exploration of the biology, history and social influence of our most humble and versatile foodstuff.Baked, roasted, boiled, mashed, steamed, french-fried — the potato is one of the most familiar and ubiquitous foods we have, and part of our sense of humble, mundane normality. But the story of the solarum tuberosum is one of struggle, disease and survival.Naturally fat-free, potatoes consist mainly of energy-giving carbohydrates, as well as protein and half of our RDA of Vitamin C and Potassium. People have been known to sustain active lives for months fuelled only by potatoes and a little margarine. These bundles of nutrition, which grow safely and cheaply underground in almost any weather and soil conditions, have fuelled industrial revolutions and population explosions. Reader follows the potato’s fascinating journey, from its origins and evolution in the Andes thousands of years ago, to its slightly mysterious arrival in Europe where it became a crucial part of the gastronomic and social fabric. 2008 has been designated International Year of the Potato by the UN and, as global population swells and famine remains a constant risk, Reader asks what role the spud still has to play.