The Greatest Potatoes

Penelope Stowell

Published by Jump At The Sun, 2005
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Synopsis: Feast your eyes on the world's most delectable disaster! George Crum is the very best fry cook at Cary Moon's Lake Lodge Restaurant. When Cornelius Vanderbilt, the richest and most rancorous man in America, returns from France, everyone panics. Vanderbilt has been known to shut down restaurants that aren't up to his culinary standards. But George Crum isn't moved, until . . . Vanderbilt repeatedly sends his potatoes back to the kitchen. And George decides that if Vanderbilt wants a bad potato, well, that's exactly what he's going to get! The result is the tastiest, most scrumptious, potato haute cuisine ever invented and an especially riotous picture book for tout le monde.

From Booklist: Gr. 1-3. Who knew that potato chips were invented in an attempt to cook the worst-tasting potatoes on Earth? This dynamic picture book is based on the true story of George Crum, an African American fry cook at a restaurant in Saratoga, New York, who, in 1853, did exactly that. It all starts when finicky millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt embarks on a mission to discover the greatest potato dish ever. Mr. Vanderbilt arrives at Moon's Lake restaurant, and George serves him French fries, and then hash browns, with no success: "Utterly inedible! Even the Congress Hall hash browns had more constitution." Down to his last spud, the disgusted Crum decides to give the Commodore something "inedible," deliberately overcooking and oversalting. Well, Vanderbilt can't eat just one, and the rest is history. Lively ink-and--watercolor illustrations capture Crum's culinary attempts (French fries stacked in an Eiffel Tower) with creativity. The jokes sometimes seem a bit sophisticated, but the story is fun and animated, the subject appealing. An author's note, a potato chip recipe, and a selected bibliography are appended. Karin Snelson
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Title: The Greatest Potatoes
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
Publication Date: 2005
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