Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The slight that led to potato crisps (Yum!)

Here's an article in the Guardian about crisps, and here's an excerpt describing how they might have come about:

Potato chips were an American invention, cooked up in 1853 by George Crum, a native American Indian chief employed at the Moon Lake Lodge restaurant in Saratoga Springs, New York. The story goes that one Cornelius Vanderbilt swaggered into the restaurant one day with a hankering for fried potatoes, but sent back his order three times with the instruction that the potatoes were cut too thickly. In a fit of pique, Crum eventually sliced the potatoes into waferlike strips, deep-fried and salted them, and sent them back out.

Now I'm hungry for chips, including the salt, monosodium, whatever else. If you're in India, and in the Bombay region, Mota chips make a mean crisp. Camy could be good if they weren't so warped and small. I prefer the flatter, bigger type. Does anyone know a good brand of crisps here or anywhere else?

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