Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World
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Chang does say upfront that this is what he’s going to do – that this isn’t a book about the economics of food per se, but a restatement of his core arguments, with culinary anecdotes functioning as treats to keep the reader interested. El autor es un economista partidario de un capitalismo regulado y sustentable, pero un gran detractor de las premisas neoliberales que han sido dominantes en las últimas décadas. Each chapter picks up a food item, talks about a certain aspect of how it evolved over time and concludes with what economic lesson we learn from it. Curried clam broth leads into consideration of the spice trade, and then to the Dutch East India Company, and then to limited liability companies in general, and to suggestions about how the reform of corporate governance might make it possible to sustain long-term investments in green technology.
That said, an interesting and creative approach to get more people interested and understand how economics work at a global scale.
This is the same egomania that underlined Stalin and Mao’s collectivization drives that killed millions. This book reminded me why Southeast Asian cuisine is the one ethnic food group I most want to try, and reassured me in my obstinately experimental tastes. Very refreshing is not only his style, but also his Korean background - he offers an original, non-Western-centric point of view on food as well as on economics. Raczej tę książkę polecam dla młodych ludzi, zainteresowanych lub których chcemy zainteresować ekonomią, gospodarka światową, a nie dla tych którzy mają jako takie pojęcie o tych kwestiach.
This is effectively a collection of blog posts in which a single type of food is extraordinarily loosely tied to a vague topic in economics. P132 “…consumers do not have the time and mental capacity to process all the information on the carbon footprints of their food items….My food stories are a bit like the ice cream that some of your mums may have offered to ‘bribe’ you to eat your ‘greens’ – except that in this book ice cream comes first, the greens later (what a deal!
It reminded me a bit of A History of the World in 6 Glasses in style and aims, though with a different focus as Standage's is history and Chang's is economy. I’m certainly not an economist by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like I am leaving this book having learned far more than I expected to, particularly with a firm understanding of the society and world at large that I live in today, and certainly far more prepared to comprehend the ever-developing future stretched out before us. Anyway, you won't only learn about economics, you'll get plenty of neat historical facts you didn't know about, too.Ideal para los interesados en economía y gastronomía, dos grandes pasiones del autor, como lo deja claramente demostrado.
In ‘Edible Economics’, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world. The definitive, behind-the-scenes look at why Pokémon's evolution from a single Japanese video game to global powerhouse captured the world's attention, and how the "gotta catch 'em all" mentality of its fanbase shaped pop culture—and continues to do so today. In my case, it was like a roller-coaster ride that I finished in a breath, but its charm will stay forever. I was worried that this book would be similar to the Jungle and I'd be considering being a vegan after reading this book. I had some vague expectations like how food shapes economics in various parts of the world, which, the author explicitily says the book is not right at the beginning.I'm not much of a recipe enthusiast, but sometimes I wanted to know the preparation part of the recipe mentioned. P 130: “ [re climate change, the government decides what you eat] “…changing our eating habits can have a big impact…. His books include Economics: The User's Guide, Bad Samaritans and 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was an international no. Some weren't as insightful — most probably because I was already aware of those theories and phenomena.