The Greatest Potatoes by Penelope Stowell

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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.

About Penelope Stowell

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Published June 29, 2005 by Jump At The Sun. 36 pages
Genres: Cooking, Children's Books.

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Like baseball, the origin of potato chips is shrouded in folkloric mists—but Stowell retells the most common version, which involves a culinary dustup between snooty potato connoisseur (and tycoon) Cornelius Vanderbilt and an ill-tempered cook named George Crum at a Saratoga, NY resort.

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Stowell's slightly undercooked debut, based on the true story of a creative chef, tells how potato chips came to be.

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