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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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. Since I by far prefer to read about food than economics, it was the title and the cover which encouraged me to pick up this book, rather than the author's (impressive) credentials. As Chang points out, the fact of the matter is that places such as Korea developed because of sustained investment. His descriptions of the wheres and hows of the food items serve as a springboard for his explanations about the economics and both are equally entertaining.

So overall, I did enjoy the book, but think the execution was a bit more chaotic than it needed to be. The only book I've ever read that made me laugh, salivate and re-evaluate my thoughts about economics – all at the same time. For Chang, chocolate is a lifelong addiction, but more exciting are the insights it offers into postindustrial knowledge economies; and while okra makes Southern gumbo heart-meltingly smooth, it also speaks of capitalism’s entangled relationship with freedom. Co zaskakujące autor bardzo płynnie przechodzi z tematów kulinarnych do tematów ogólnoekonomiczno- społecznych.Autor najpierw zajmuje się tematem kulinarnym, by następnie przejść do konkretnego zagadnienia ekonomicznego. Część rzeczy miałem wrażenie, że pokrywa się z poprzednią czytaną przeze mnie książką tego samego autora: 23 rzeczy. O ile jednak anegdoty o jedzeniu były dla mnie ciekawe i dość często dość odkrywcze, to ta część o ekonomii była z rozdziału na rozdział coraz krótsza i bardziej powierzchowna. In ‘Edible Economics’, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world.

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. 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. 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. Most seriously, there’s little engagement with the idea that economic growth itself might be the problem, and that curbing climate change isn’t just a matter of finding the right investment incentives. Ha-Joon Chang is a Professor Economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world’s leading economists.

Well, he already told us that we have limited “mental capacity;” so he gets big brother to”help” us. Edible Economics is a moveable feast of alternative economic ideas wrapped up in witty stories about food from around the world. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review Edible Economics in exchange for an honest review. That makes it so very understandable, put so simply, than the complex sociological and economical theories most of us would find labyrinthine at best and boring or dry at worst. Writing gamely and with admirable lucidity, Chang concludes with another metaphor, urging that ‘the best economists should be, like the best of the cooks, able to combine different theories to have a more balanced view’…It’ll help to have Econ 101 under your belt to appreciate this book, but it makes for fine foodie entertainment.

I enjoyed every one of Chang's food segments that usually included a brief history of what a particular culture eats and some interesting thoughts on recipes and differences between the cultures. 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. It was a novel way to talk about some economics concepts which was frequently entertaining but it wasn't a perfect blend. Trillions for defense and our military can’t repair or build ships; our pilots have limited actual flight time training.The recipes are not likely to give Yotam Ottolenghi much cause for concern – an example is the one for monkfish in curried clam broth, which just says “monkfish, served in a curried clam broth”. In my opinion, this book lacks depth - a facet which especially hurts the obvious agenda-driven nature of the writing.

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. Ha-Joon Chang uses food stories, knitting world history and personal stories together, to explain important themes in economics; often deconstructing popular economic myths that stil inform mainstream economics education and policymaking (including “post-industrialisation”, the “free market”, the importance of the care economy, misunderstandings of the welfare state, protectionism, innovation etc.

There’s a tendency among leftwing economists to reproduce the boosterism of the neoliberals in the opposite direction; to suggest that a different policy mix with more regulation and redistribution could act as just as much of a silver bullet. 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.



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