King's College London
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Feast, famine and physiology

The Potato Pete Recipe Book

Cartoon image of potato as a farmer with a pitchfork, hat, shoes with spats, chewing on a wheat strawPotato Pete Recipe Book

'Doctors advise each of us to eat at least 12 ozs. and if possible 1lb. [340 or 454 grams] of potatoes each day.'

Along with its bright, jaunty cover and illustrations, the Potato Pete Recipe Book from the Ministry of Food is filled with advice and recipes written from a background of wartime food rationing.

Readers learn that 'potatoes help to save both fat and flour in pastries...' while the recipe for Pink and Green Purée on page 5 suggests adding 'a small piece of margarine or dripping if it can be spared.' 

Wartime rations restricted fats to 2 ounces (57 grams) of butter and four of margerine per week with a further 2 ounces lard.

Here a complete copy of the booklet is offered.

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