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June 21, 2022 4:57 PM   Subscribe

Potatoes are a land of contrasts. While the definitive microhistory The Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History  bears serious examination, and the fact that POTATO in yoof slang means "People Over Thirty Acting Twenty One.”, this shouldn't discourage You-(K)-On-line. For example.....

A trawl of the twitters finds Big Idaho® Potato - A 4-ton traveling tater - Send a custom image and message to anyone...on a potato! - and of course a physical object isn’t real without a COIN : PotatoCoin !

Spuds scratch the surface of politics. In recent news, Martin’s potato rolls have a far right link
while Potato Ontology: Surviving Postsocialism in Russia offers useful advice about dropping the definite article amongst other philosophical noodlings.

Finally, the Onion shows us How To Make Slow-Cooked Russet Potatoes That Fall Right Off The Bone and how to be Making Mashed Potatoes Like The Pilgrims

Wordshore’s spud-u-like megapost has all the tater-demailion any reader could need.
posted by lalochezia (7 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
clawsoon can rejoice!
posted by brainwane at 5:08 PM on June 21, 2022 [3 favorites]

Happy to chip in, brainwane and clawsoon.
posted by lalochezia at 5:10 PM on June 21, 2022 [3 favorites]

I gotta ask: why all the potatoes today? I'm all for them, especially as my ancestors were the first to cultivate them, but why today?
posted by signal at 5:18 PM on June 21, 2022 [2 favorites]

why all the potatoes today?

As Stompin' Tom Connors put it, "...they'll stand up to the hardest test - right on the table."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 5:33 PM on June 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

signal: answered, a bit.
posted by brainwane at 5:49 PM on June 21, 2022 [1 favorite]

These potato posts have a lot of common taters.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 12:47 AM on June 22, 2022 [1 favorite]


Korean food is generally not associated with the potato... gamjatang, despite gamja meaning potato and tang meaning stew in Korean, is NOT potato stew. Gamja-jeon, however, is actually made from potatoes and is delectable though not as common as pa-jeon and haemul-pa-jeon.

However, according to family lore, my love of all things potato is a hand-me-down from my maternal grandmother who hailed from a town near the current border between North Korea and China. Said town had an awful climate for rice cultivation and was too mountainous for wheat or other grains but apparently was great for potatoes. Though the potato didn't get to east Asia until the Portuguese did (15th century?), neither did the chili pepper and look how firmly Korean cuisine took that plant.
posted by spamandkimchi at 9:26 AM on June 22, 2022 [2 favorites]

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