Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MR. CRUM'S POTATO PREDICAMENT by Anne Renaud.  Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, Ltd. 2017.  ISBN 978-1771386197 hc. $17.99     Gr. 1-3    E PIC

Renaud spins an engaging story about George Crum, a ninteenth century chef who is sometimes credited with inventing the potato chip.  As the story goes, George was one of the best cooks in upstate New York.  His restaurant was always full.  One day a very fussy customer had "a hankering for a heaping helping of potatoes."  George set out a plate of his best fried potatoes, but the customer kept sending them back, wanting them thinner and more flavorful.  Finally, George added lots of salt and sliced the potatoes so thin that they cracked when poked with a fork.  At last, the particular potato-eating customer was satisfied, and potato chips became a delicacy for all customers of Crum's Place.  There's an Author's Note about the history of the real George Crum and a list of sources for anyone interested in further research. 
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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