Sweet Potato Fries with Dana Bate

The key to crisp oven fries is not crowding the pan. Use two pans if you need to—there should be plenty of space between the fries.

2 large sweet potatoes
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line one or two sheet pans with parchment paper.

Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into 1⁄2-inch-wide batons.

Soak them in a large bowl of cold water for at least 30 minutes and up to half a day.

Mix cornstarch and salt together in a plastic bag.

Drain fries and pat dry with paper towels. (You don’t want them too wet, or the cornstarch will get soggy, but you want just enough moisture so the cornstarch will stick.) Dump fries into the bag and shake vigorously to coat them with the cornstarch mixture.

Before placing the fries on the sheet pans, dump them into a sieve and shake off the excess cornstarch. Then place them on the sheet pan, making sure there is enough space between the fries.

Drizzle olive oil over the fries and toss to coat them evenly. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip with a spatula and bake for 10–15 minutes longer, until they are crispy.

Serves 3–4 (or 2, if you’re really hungry . . . )




“Bate’s writing is smart and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

In this hilarious, insightful new novel from the author of A Second Bite at the Apple, a cookbook ghostwriter finds that she’s bitten off more than she can chew…

When Kelly Madigan is offered a job abroad right after reading a letter from her late mother urging her to take more risks, she sees it as a sign. Kelly’s new ghostwriting assignment means moving to London to work for Natasha Spencer–movie star, lifestyle guru, and wife of a promising English politician. As it turns out, Natasha is also selfish, mercurial, and unwilling to let any actual food past her perfect lips.

Still, in between testing dozens of kale burgers and developing the perfect chocolate mousse, Kelly is having adventures. Some are glamorous; others, like her attraction to her boss’s neglected husband, are veering out of control. Kelly knows there’s no foolproof recipe for a happy life. But how will she know if she’s gone too far in reaching for what she wants?

Praise for A Second Bite at the Apple

“In smart, crisp prose, Bate tells a winning story about food, love, and second chances…Great fun.” —Booklist

“Delicious! Dana Bate’s writing is smart, sparkling, and completely charming.” –Allie Larkin, author of Why Can’t I Be You

“A tasting menu of everything you want in foodie fiction…a lovingly flawed heroine you root for in her most cringe-worthy moments, a deeply rendered cast of supporting characters, and a roller-coaster plot that keeps you thrillingly engaged to the very end. Bate’s writing will always keep you hungry for more.” –Stacey Ballis, author of Out to Lunch