Food History: French Fries

French fries vs. tater tots … which is the superior fried potato? Let’s start at the beginning. French fries came from … France, right? Oh boy, we’ve got a lot of history to get through. Join host Justin Dodd in a journey through the history of fried potatoes.

Food History is a series from Mental Floss where we dive deep into the culinary stories that lead to the food on our plates. If you have an idea for a dish, cooking technique, or cuisine that you’d like us to explore in a future episode, tell us in the comments.

For the origins of mashed potatoes, check out our earlier episode of Food History:…​


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