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Saturday, December 16, 2006

George Crum -revisited (see September 2005)

In September 2005 I posted a short article focusing on

The Greatest Potatoes

by Penelope Stowell, Sharon Watts (Illustrator) / Hardcover: 36 pages / Jump At The Sun (2005) Who knew that potato chips were invented in an attempt to cook the worst-tasting potatoes on Earth? This dynamic picture book is based on the true story of George Crum.

Since then another quality book has been written about George Crum --

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor and Frank Morrison (Lee & Low, 2006) ISBN: 1584302550

This title does acknowledge Crum's Native American Ancestry.

When I first posted this title -- a "Bev" responded that he was her G.G. grandfather. I would love to hear from Bev to find out a little more about Crum's later life -- email at

For the rest of us these two books about George Crum are an interesting package for learning about a Native American who influenced a lot of food choices today - -just think how many varieties of pototo chips are now marketed and sold each day.


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