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  • "Mary Paulson King recalled that her Norwegian parents became so desperate for coffee that they improvised a substitute called 'knup.' First they would cook potatoes, then mash them and mix in flour and graham. This mush was rolled out to the thickness of a piecrust, cut into tiny morsels about the size of coffee beans, and browned in the oven. Then the toasted bits were ground in the coffee mill and brewed into knup."

    —David Laskin, The Children's Blizzard (New York: HarperCollins, 2004), 58

    November 11, 2008