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ReliefStreetNewsBits 4/20/00

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The humble potato chip is more popular in America than in any other part
of the world.  America's favorite snack food, it is a direct descendant of
another popular potato snack, the french fry.  How did it happen?

According to the popular story, a dinner guest (rumored to have been wealthy
railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt) was dining at Moon's Lake House in
Saratoga Springs, New York in 1853.  He sent his French fries back to the
kitchen because they were too thick.  The chef, a Native American named
George Crum, was annoyed at the guest's complaint, so he responded by
slicing the potatoes into extremely thin sections, which he fried in oil
and salted.

>From that day forward, potato chips evolved into the many forms and
varieties we have today including chips of many flavors, fat-free potato
chips cooked in high-tech synthetic chemicals, and even artificially shaped
chips pressed from potato pulp and sold in cardboard tubes.
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"When it comes to foreign foods, the less authentic the better." ---
Gerald Nachman

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." --- G.
K Chesterton

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