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Yummy Potatoes: 65 Downright Delicious Recipes    by Marlena Spieler order for
Yummy Potatoes
by Marlena Spieler
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Belle Dessler

If you like to experiment with new recipes but complex ingredients and difficult cooking instructions intimidate you, look no further than Yummy Potatoes. Centered on an ingredient we're all familiar with, this cookbook provides 65 versatile recipes that showcase the mighty potato in all its glory.

No other ingredient goes from comforting to classy to decadent as quickly as the potato. With only a handful of potatoes, you can prepare a healthy breakfast, a hearty lunch or a classy dinner. Potatoes easily act as a side-dish or as the main event at a family meal. And no one knows that better than London-based food celebrity Marlena Spieler, who has chosen to spotlight this ingredient in a variety of ways.

Did you know that 'on average, Americans eat 142.7 pounds of potatoes each year?' That's per person! Since we'll end up eating our weight in potatoes this year anyway, wouldn't it be nice to experiment with dishes such as Crushed Potatoes with Olive Oil, Classic Potato Gratin and Potato Latkes? If your tastes run to the tried-and-true Mashed Potatoes and French Fries, Spieler offers recipes and suggestions for making the most of those old favorites as well.

Although the book doesn't offer a photograph for each recipe, the pictures that do accompany recipes are full-color and mouthwatering. The chapters are broken down by meal type, from Breakfast Potatoes to Potato Soup, Potato Salad and, of course, Potatoes for Dinner. In between you'll find recipes for boiled, stewed, mashed, crushed, baked, roasted, fried and gratineed potatoes. The only thing you won't find in this luscious cookbook are recipes for potato desserts - though that may not be such a bad thing after all.

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