This month the Barrie Public Library’s Cookbook Club’s October theme is ‘potatoes’. Visit the Barrie Farmer’s Market on Saturdays to purchase local potatoes for your recipes.
Get some ideas for potato dishes from these library books about potatoes or from this list which has two different potato titles in it, don’t forget to check the vegetarian cookbooks or comfort food cookbooks that the library has to offer. You can also check the index of any cookbook for recipes that use potatoes as an ingredient.
In the mood to read about potatoes? Try:
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens
- The Complete Book of Potatoes What Every Grower and Gardener Needs to Know by Hielke De Jong
- Flight From Famine: The Coming of the Irish to Canada by Donald McKay
Fun Potato Facts
- Potatoes belong to the Vegetables and Fruit food group with Canada’s Food Guide. One Food Guide serving is ½ cup (125 mL) or ½ a medium-sized potato. Source: Eat Right Ontario
- Potatoes are in season January to March and July to December. Source:Eat Right Ontario
- Canada’s Food Guide recommends we eat one orange vegetable, like sweet potato, every day. Source: Eat Right Ontario
- Potatoes are a source of Vitamin C, & Folate – Source: Foodland Ontario
- Potatoes are cool not only because they were the first vegetable to be grown in space, but because they are nutritious, delicious and not costly. It’s no surprise that they are Ontario’s largest fresh vegetable crop! Source: Foodland Ontario
- Don’t peel away all the goodness in those potato skins! Eat them. They add flavor, nutrients and fiber. Source: Foodland Ontario
- Canadian growers produce over 150 different varieties, see a list of them are here. How many do you recognize? Potato varieties are categorized into a few main groups, what are they? Check your guess here.
Learn More About Potatoes – Canadian Resources
- Eat Right Ontario – learn all about potatoes including how to choose, store and cook them. Website has recipes too. Find out all about sweet potatoes on this website too.
- The Prince Edward Island Potato Board also has information about nutrition, environmental sustainability, preparation, storing/handling and cooking of potatoes on their website.
- Learn about the History of the potato on the Canadian Encyclopedia.com or reference one of the Barrie Public Library’s many Encyclopedia and Reference databases (access using your library card # and 4-digit PIN).
Find out which foods are in season this October at the Simcoe County Farm Fresh webpage.
What is your favourite potato dish?
Mine is a tie between scalloped potatoes and potato latkes.