The Spiteful Potato Chip // The Hanging Gardens of…. Ninevah?
April 20, 2022
In 1853, chef George Crum was working in a Saratoga Springs, New York, restaurant when a customer, irritated by the thickness of his fried potatoes, sent them back to the kitchen. In a fit of pique, Crum sliced the potatoes wafer-thin, fried them and sent them back out. The customer loved them. And so were born potato chips.
Stephanie Dalley, author of The Lost Gardens of Babylon, argues that the Hanging Gardens were in fact in the Assyrian city of Nineveh, not Babylon. She argues that the gardens were part of a series of gardens, including one at the palace of King Sennacherib in Nineveh.
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