I’m Dope and I Do Dope Things… Such as Scouring Used Bookstores For Local Cookbooks… (“The Potato Chip Cookbook”Saratoga, by Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. SIGNED!!!)


So I was over at Tattered Pages Used Books in Glenmont looking for items to add to my ever expanding collection of Upstate NY local church/organizational cookbooks. Wasn’t having much luck to tell you the truth. Found a rather nice microwave cookbook that I ended up passing on, as well as a large book of Wyeth prints that I might go back for… Not much local cookbook flavor to be found this time.

During a final rifling of a cookbook shelf I found the thin blue beauty pictured above!!! It was a reprinted 2003 edition of 1977’s “The Potato Chip Cookbook” by Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (Marylou Whitney). Published in honor of the 150th birthday of the potato chip.

As if this wasn’t already a particularly satisfying find, turns out it’s signed!


If you grew up in these parts you likely grew up hearing about Marylou Whitney during Saratoga’s track season, so this is kind of neat. I have come across Mme. Whitney’s contributions in other local recipe collections (Poulet Marengo!) and the fact that there are “players” of sorts within the local cookbook scene makes me laugh.

I haven’t delved into the recipes much at the time of this writing, but I will tell you that I am currently annoying my wife by reading the introduction out loud in my best WASP-y rich lady voice.


All of the recipes seem to involve potato chips. I am going to go out on a limb here and bet that there are some 24k gold recipes in this little book. I will surely advise.

Also, go to Tattered Pages. The place is the bee’s knees.


Marylou’s thoughts on potatoes. I can’t stop laughing.



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