Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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This might not be the book for you if you aren't interested to know about some random food facts and already know some basics of economics.

I'm usually a slow reader, but I managed to finish this in just two sittings, not only because it's under 200 pages but also because I was curious to know what strawberries had to do with automation and how okra was affected by colonisation and slavery.

Just as eating a wide range of cuisines contributes to a more interesting and balanced diet, so too is it essential we listen to a variety of economic perspectives. I enjoyed the conversational and anecdotal format, and the interlinking of stuff I knew with stuff I didn't.

Taking the example of the humble anchovy, he tells us how the raw materials based economies were ruined by the surge of synthetic substitutes, as happened to guano, rubber, and dyes, on which economies such as Peru's, Brazil's and Guatemala's were dependent on to prosper, and how this can happen again (and why). Sin duda, en los plateamientos del autor subyace un aprecio por el valor de la democracia, el cuidado del medioambiente y la igualdad de género. Edible Economics is a moveable feast of alternative economic ideas wrapped up in witty stories about food from around the world. Often, it goes a bit off-tangent from the beginning of chapters and you end up in an entirely different plane.Economics, though presented as firmly rooted in hard data and science, is just as much a matter of opinion as most things in this world. Bestselling author and economist Ha-Joon Chang makes challenging economic ideas delicious by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world, using the diverse histories behind familiar food items to explore economic theory. Now he’s reached the summit of the profession; a fun little book of essays (some of them extended and expanded versions of columns for FT Magazine), restating the case against the Washington consensus through the medium of recipes. I do appreciate the author’s evident extended effort to present ideas and concepts fairly, particularly multiple discussions of different versions and perspectives of the same theories, but the overarching author’s voice and bias is still ever-present. He uses histories behind familiar food items - where they come from, how they are cooked and consumed, what they mean to different cultures - to explore economic theory.

Well, he already told us that we have limited “mental capacity;” so he gets big brother to”help” us. The blend of food and economics was sometimes good and sometimes non-existant and really just an interesting type of food and. That development obviously shaped Chang’s outlook – in chapters with titles such as Noodle and Banana, he sketches out the story of his home country’s rise, with an emphasis on its protection of infant industries and close regulation of multinational corporations. For Chang, chocolate is a life-long addiction, but more exciting are the insights it offers into post-industrial knowledge economies; and while okra makes Southern gumbo heart-meltingly smooth, it also speaks of capitalism's entangled relationship with freedom and unfreedom.Książka stosunkowo krótka z 200 stron czyta się bardzo szybko można będąc zdeterminowanym skończyć w jeden wieczór.

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