It has been a busy couple of months since the publication of Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato. I’m appreciative of all the interest and kind words! Below are links to some recent features and media appearances in connection to the publication of the book.
Feeding the People featured in the New York Times! You can read the review online at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/31/dining/feeding-the-people-potato-book-rebecca-earle.html
Thomas Baker and I discussed what “policing” might have looked like in colonial Spanish America and how the diets of European and Native populations were used as a tool of statecraft.
Thomas Baker interview, ‘Early European Social Control in the Americas’, Discipline and Punish Podcast, 24 Aug. 2020.
Malcolm Jolley says some nice things about my research on his Good Food Revolution blog. You can also listen to an interview with me on the same page. 19 Aug. 2020.
‘Five centuries ago they were grown only in a slither of South America. Now they’re on the menu in virtually every country on Earth.’ I spoke to BBC History magazine about how a combination of colonialism, industrialisation and food insecurity propelled the once lowly spud to global domination. – ‘How Potatoes Conquered the World’, BBC History Magazine, 1 Sept. 2020
I spoke with Brigham Young University Radio about the astonishing tenacity of the potato.
‘How the Humble Potato Conquered the World’, Constant Wonder, BYU Radio, 3 Aug. 2020
Deborah Kalb interviewed me for her new books podcast, Book Q&A with Deborah Kalb.
Image source: History Extra, https://www.historyextra.com/period/modern/history-potato