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  • As a staple of the global diet the potato is worth this digestible book devoted to its biology, history and social influence

    The Times
  • The most nourishing book of the month

  • Traversing imperialism, politics, technology and diet, Reader's elegantly written, discursive book weaves the progress of centuries and continents together in the story of the potato's ascendancy

    Daily Telegraph
  • This accessible account embraces the latest scholarship and addresses the failings of previous works on the subject. Indeed the book, like the tuber it describes, fills a void: the spud now has the biography it deserves

  • Superb

    Sunday Times

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