A charming guide to a vegetable patch staple, with recipes for both familiar and unusual dishes to help all gardeners make the most of their crop Everything a gardener and cook needs to know about the humble potato, both in the ground and on the plate, can be found in this resource. It contains a guide to the best varieties to plant—from small, waxy salad potatoes to the floury types that are perfect for roasting—and full and foolproof instructions on when, where, and how to plant them, and when to harvest both early and maincrop potatoes. There is also a wealth of potato recipes, from simple-but-delicious jacket potatoes and the creamiest mashed potatoes to more unfamiliar ones, such as the Dutch dish Hot Lightning and Swedish dish Janssen's Temptation. The book is also packed with fascinating facts and history—who knew that potatoes were the first vegetables to be grown in space? This warm, comforting, and sometimes surprising guide is the ideal book for gardeners of all skill levels who love to cook what they've grown.