Potato Heads: Their Illustrated History

Potato Heads: Their Illustrated History

by Meredith Sayles Hughes, Tom Hughes


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How many veggies have become cultural icons? Have inspired toys, games and gear? Have featured in several Hollywood smash hit flicks? Just one. The powerful potato.Take a good look at a potato sometime. We identify with that knobbly, down home familiarity, that "potato head" there for all to see. Eyes, eyebrows, a top and a bottom.Well over 1000 years ago, the native people of the Andes, the Chimu, were molding potato faces into their ceremonial clay pots. In 2016 Linda, a character in an episode of the animated cartoon series, Bob's Burgers, zeroed in on a potato that looked just like her long gone dad. And she wouldn't let go. Why? Because we are the potato, the potato is us, whether pink, white, tan, yellow or brown.We invite you to explore this illustrated history of the veggie that looks like us. The potato head.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781981527403
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.29(d)

About the Author

Meredith Sayles Hughes and Tom Hughes are the couple behind the world's first Potato Museum and the Food Museum Online. The museums research, collect, preserve, exhibit and explain the history and social significance of the world's foods, and bring artifacts and programs to audiences of all ages.

The Hugheses are pioneers in exhibiting food history, as curators of major exhibitions at the Smithsonian, the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC and Canada's National Museum of Science and Industry. They also are innovators in "pop up" exhibits, including a series of three-foot square kiosk displays in supermarkets on 15 different food topics. Tom and Meredith are the authors of many books including "Gastronomie! Food Museums and Heritage Sites of France." This was the first book to define and explain the concept of food historic sites.

Author of several articles on food history, Meredith created the award-winning 10 book series, "Plants We Eat," published by Lerner Publishing, Minneapolis. She has been a workshop presenter at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Annual Conference. Tom, a teacher, did two nationwide educational tours, speaking to civic groups and as a guest on radio and tv talk shows, both national and local, including "Late Night with David Letterman, "NBC Nightly News" and "Charlie Rose." Tom's most recent books are "Hot Potato Capital of the World: DC Nickname Campaign," "Food Heritage Matters: How We Ate And Will Eat, Personal, Local, Global Food Histories" and "Eats History: from Cooking with Fire to Heating Up Pizza."

Meredith and Tom have collaborated on a wide range of public programs and lectures, both here and abroad, as well as teacher workshops, school presentations, panels and served as consultants on a wide-range of documentary film and publishing projects.

Next to accomplish: establish a permanent base for their Food Heritage Center and its proposed global network of food-themed museums and historic sites while continuing to advocate for a National Museum of Food in Washington, DC.

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