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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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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. Trillions for defense and our military can’t repair or build ships; our pilots have limited actual flight time training.

I've been in a bit of a rut with my reading and this non-fiction book caught my attention (extra kudos regarding the cover design) . Este libro es fascinante porque conjuga con eficacia la gastronomía, la historia , la geografía y la economía. Yes, if you're an adventurous eater like me, who also likes micro-history books and the mixing of topics in an amenable way. In Edible Economics, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world. But I appreciated the fact that his criticisms of neoclassical economics were packaged in a new and novel way — through food.But some of them work much better than others: the train of thought from spices to shareholder value runs along quite smoothly, but elsewhere the narrative shifts from chicken to the welfare system with all the elegance of a Eurovision key-change. Well, perhaps okra, but now that Mr Chang mentioned gumbo was what convinced his palate to welcome okra, I'm going to try it one day. I am sure it will be a tasty treat for everyone interested not only in food or economics but in a good storytelling about how the modern world works. 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.

Przez niekonwencjonalne podejście i formę (bo książka momentami przypomina kulinarną) jest bardziej interesująca i wciągająca. The author also likes referring back to other chapters in the book which I thought was unnecessary and slightly chaotic. Chang dismisses alternative economic models – those based on commodity exports, or on services – rather quickly. I'm not much of a recipe enthusiast, but sometimes I wanted to know the preparation part of the recipe mentioned.

Część rzeczy miałem wrażenie, że pokrywa się z poprzednią czytaną przeze mnie książką tego samego autora: 23 rzeczy.

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