A leading economist, “who may very well turn out to be this decade’s Thomas Friedman” (Wall Street Journal), illuminates the state of American food today.
Tyler Cowen, one of the most influential economists of the last decade, wants you to know that just about everything you’ve heard about how to get good food is wrong. Drawing on a provocative range of examples from around the globe, Cowen reveals why airplane food is bad, but airport food is improving, why restaurants full of happy, attractive people usually serve mediocre meals, and why American food has improved as Americans drink more wine. At a time when obesity is on the rise and forty-four million Americans receive food stamps, An Economist Gets Lunch will revolutionize the way we eat today—and show us how we’re going to feed the world tomorrow.
An Economist Gets Lunch suffers from a good deal of sloppy diction and a casual, haphazard, all-over-the-map structural strategy. Meanwhile, Cowen’s pedigree as an economist can make for an unfortunate tendency to present either obvious or loony ideas as new insights. . . . As an eater, I often found myself agreeing with Cowen’s commonsensical (if fairly obvious) recommendations for eating out and shopping at grocery stores. As a would-be reformer, he is much less convincing. —Kate Christensen
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“A perfect marriage of economics and food. Tyler Cowen is my newest guilty pleasure.”—Rocco DiSpirito, author of
Not only provides insight into how to creatively eat out, also talks about ways to improve what you eat, and challenges some of the “localvore” thinking, as only an economist can. Fun, easy, informative read.
Readers of Marginal Revolution already know that Tyler Cowen knows everything about every subject under the sun. But thinking and writing about food and economics he is specially insightful and brilliant. I strongly recommend the book.
This is an excellent book. One reason you can quickly tell it is good: just by googling it, you can find intelligent discussions both pro and con Tyler Cowen’s conclusions. But, as stated by the author himself, the goal is to inculcate a lens of viewing things which allows the reader to observe and draw their own conclusions about how the world of food works. This is a nuanced view of economics, which blends conventional price theory with other items such as behavioral economics, substitutes and complements, network effects, and the evolutionarily stable strategies of game theory. Tyler deftly applies insights from the dry topics above to something universally accessible and fun: food. The pages crackle with Tyler’s humane, deep appreciation of food and food culture, and how it is no mere commodity, but an essential part of what makes us human. Don’t be fooled by the title: this is a book rich in culture and insight into the human condition. Recommended for foodies and humanists alike.
- Title: An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies
- Autor: Tyler Cowen
- Publisher (Publication Date): Plume; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525952667 | 0452298849
- ISBN-13: 978-0525952664 | 978-0452298842
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