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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Well, he already told us that we have limited “mental capacity;” so he gets big brother to”help” us. 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.

It doesn't necessarily translate to how food/ingredients shape the global economy but it tries to draw parallelisms into economic concepts. It ultimately didn't end up being the malnutrition problem-solver it was meant to be, sadly, but that goes to show that the now often demonised "processed food" was originally meant to address serious challenges to feed the population. Trillions for defense and our military can’t repair or build ships; our pilots have limited actual flight time training. 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.

Este libro es fascinante porque conjuga con eficacia la gastronomía, la historia , la geografía y la economía. There's no ethnic food I won't try, to the point those that know me ask me half-teasingly and half-seriously, "Just what don't you like? I learned a good deal from each chapter and the author manages to entwine complicated concepts with charming stories and various facts. It was a novel way to talk about some economics concepts which was frequently entertaining but it wasn't a perfect blend. As a longtime follower of Ha-Joon's ideas and work, I was familiar with most of the points he discussed in this book, from the importance of strategic industrial policy to the power politics of international trade.

Co zaskakujące autor bardzo płynnie przechodzi z tematów kulinarnych do tematów ogólnoekonomiczno- społecznych. Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world's leading economists.Structuring the book as a series of menus, Chang 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. Edible Economics is a moveable feast of alternative economic ideas wrapped up in witty stories about food from around the world.

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.

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 my opinion, this book lacks depth - a facet which especially hurts the obvious agenda-driven nature of the writing.

In a book containing such a variety of food recipes, it’s a bit ironic that this is suggested as more or less the only recipe for economic development – domestic demand austerity, industrial planning and protection, state-directed lending and, above all, a focus on high-value manufacturing. But I appreciated the fact that his criticisms of neoclassical economics were packaged in a new and novel way — through food. Yes, if you're an adventurous eater like me, who also likes micro-history books and the mixing of topics in an amenable way. There are a few awkward transitions and pacing issues but nothing severe enough to overcome the good.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. As Chang points out, the fact of the matter is that places such as Korea developed because of sustained investment. But this is bland and unhealthy – like British food in the 1980s, when bestselling author and economist Ha-Joon Chang first arrived in the UK from South Korea. The author states that they want to provide different perspectives and let the reader decide, but I found that to be very disingenuous. P111: “[re education] In other words, equality of opportunity is not enough; we need a relatively high degree of outcome.



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