At that time, the islanders had little access to flour and such (they took longer to bounce back from the wartime poverty than the mainland) so one of the characters came up with a recipe for "potato peel pie." Our book club organizer arranged to have the chef at the restaurant prepare a potato peel pie for our group... how cool!! It was basically like mashed potatoes with some potato peels criss-crossed on top (in terms of flavor, think potato skins). It tasted fine to me, though I'm not sure I would break it out for Thanksgiving dinner or anything. I'm already looking forward to our next book club.