|| The humble potato is a culinary powerhouse and inspires adventurous and tantalizing fare. A "desert island" vegetable if ever there was one, the potato appeals to all of us, whether in the form of traditional comfort dishes or in the guise of the new and exotic. Versatile, nutritious, inexpensive and unfailingly delicious, no other vegetable, and few foods in general, can make those claims.These are just some of the delicious possibilities that the humble potato offers in this wide and varied assortment of recipes:Classic mash de luxeGarlic roasties with rosemaryReal English chipsGnocchi-roni and cheeseSaffron potato cakesAll-American potato pancakesSweet potato-crusted shrimpEast Coast chowderCreole potato saladFrench potato galetteFennel, potato and white bean stewPotato lasagnaOyster pie with top mashSweet potato gnocchiMennonite country potato doughnutsPotato fudge. Appetizers and snacks, soups and salads, side dishes, main courses, hearty vegetarian main dishes, baked goods and desserts make up this vast and colorful collection of recipes. The author also includes a complete history and origins of potatoes as well as a comprehensive chapter that covers hundreds of potato varieties.