I can think of a thousand reasons why boiling potatoes is the worst. Actually, I can just think of one right now: It takes too damn long. Also, watching and waiting for water to boil is a surefire way to take the joy out of cooking.
So I spoke with the Epi Test Kitchen, and they gave me four ways to go from 0 to potato—no boiling neccessary.
A pressure cooker would be an option too.