Hot potatoes, National Spud Day is upon us! Actually, the official name is National Potato Day in case any of you are National Potato Day followers. French fries, potato pies, the noble spud wins the prize — no matter the month or day, in my honest opinion.
There is something so very comforting about a potato dish. It really doesn’t matter to me: mashed potatoes with gravy, a baked potato loaded with butter and sour cream, tater tots with blue cheese dipping sauce, or potato chips au naturel, they’re all good and equally satisfying. I’ll try not to get too mushy about the mash, but I am oh so grateful for this versatile tuber.
Now that it’s officially autumn, it makes even more sense, I think, to celebrate all things potato-y. Not only are they good to eat, they’re fun (Mr. Potato Head), they’ve played a major role in history (the Irish potato famine), and they make terrific characters in children’s books (a potato who wants to wear pants — what’s funnier than that?). Whether you want to eat them or play with them, I’ve picked some full-spud titles for you and your family’s reading delight.
May the spuddy be your best buddy!
“The Complete Book of Potatoes: What Every Grower and Gardener Needs to Know” by Hielke De Jong.
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