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'300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook's Guide'
By: Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh
(Paperback / Robert Rose / 448 Pages / $24.95)

Description: The humble potato is a culinary powerhouse and inspires adventurous and tantalizing fare - welcome to '300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook's Guide.' Enjoy! You're welcome!

Verdict: '300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook's Guide' features appetizers and snacks, soups and salads, side dishes, main courses, hearty vegetarian main dishes, baked goods and desserts that all come together to make up this vast and colorful collection of recipes.

The author, Kathleen Sloan-Mcintosh (who is also a food journalist and the owner and operator of the Black Dog Village Pub & Bistro in Bayfield, Ontario), also includes a complete history and origins of potatoes as well as a comprehensive chapter that covers hundreds of potato varieties.

Fascinating and informative from start to finish, '300 Best Potato Recipes: A Complete Cook's Guide' reveals to us a "desert island" vegetable ... if ever there was one! Indeed, one way or another, the potato appeals to all of us. Whether in the form of traditional comfort dishes or in the guise of the new and exotic, they are versatile, nutritious, inexpensive and unfailingly delicious. Indeed, no other vegetable, and few foods in general, can make those claims.

These are just some of the delicious possibilities that the humble potato offers in this wide and varied assortment of recipes: Classic mash de luxe, Garlic roasties with rosemary, Real English chips, Gnocchi-roni and cheese, Saffron potato cakes, All-American potato pancakes, Sweet potato-crusted shrimp and, with (too) many more to list here, delicious East Coast chowder too.