MESSRS. EDITORS—On page 253 of the present volume of the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, I notice your plan for cooking soggy potatoes. Permit me to give you my method of effecting the same object. I pare the potatoes about an hour before boiling, and then soak them in cold water until they are to be cooked. The water must be boiling before they are put in, and a little salt is added. When fully cooked the water is poured off, then the kettle or pot is placed on the stove, with the lid removed, to allow the moisture to evaporate. By this method of cooking potatoes, I have never failed to render them dry and mealy. MES. H. N. W. Freeport, 111., April, 868.