Why are there different words for ‘french fries’ and ‘chips’ in America and England? Americans were introduced to deep-fried potatoes through French cooking, so the food became known as “French Fried Potatoes”, which was later shortened to ‘French Fries’. The fried potatoes in England are usually thicker (like steak fries in America), and look like they have been ‘chipped’ off of the potato, hence the name ‘chips’. Which is also one reason the snack food is called ‘potato chips’ in America. In other parts of the world they are called ‘potato crisps’ or ‘crisps’ for short, since they are crispy.
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At a White House dinner in the 1800’s Thomas Jefferson offered potatoes served the ‘French’ manner. The dish, Pommes de terre frites à cru, en petites tranches, most likely came from Jefferson’s French chef, Honoré Julien.
Once again, during World War I, Americans soldiers stationed in Belgium encountered deep-fried potatoes and adored the dish. Some soldiers mistakenly thought they were in France, or that the dish was of French origin since French was the language being spoken in Belgium. This reinforced the idea of ‘French Fried Potatoes”.
There is quite the dispute as to the ‘origin’ of French Fries. Some say the dish was invented in France, other say in Belgium.
It’s estimated that the average American eats 30 pounds of French fries a year.
In 2004, 29% of the United States’ potato crop was used to make frozen fries.
While there are records and recipes as early as the 1800’s for potato chips, there is one well-known legend as to how potato chips were ‘invented’. Supposedly in the late 1800’s in Saratoga Springs, New York a customer complained about the French-fried potatoes he was served. He said that they were too thick, soggy, and not salted well. In a bit of retaliation, the cook (George Crum) sliced a few potatoes ridiculously thin, fried them to a crisp, and salted them liberally. To everyone’s surprise, the customer loved the dish.