The story of one of the world's most important food crops
John Reader is an author and photojournalist. He holds an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at UCL and is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Geographic Society.
"As a staple of the global diet the potato is worth this digestible
book devoted to its biology, history and social influence" * The
"The most nourishing book of the month" * Guardian *
"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" * Economist *
"Superb" * Sunday Times *