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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Myth-busting, witty and thought-provoking, Edible Economics shows that getting to grips with the economy is like learning a recipe: if we understand it, we can change it - and, with it, the world. 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. Anyway, you won't only learn about economics, you'll get plenty of neat historical facts you didn't know about, too.

In Edible Economics, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world. 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. His books include Economics: The User's Guide, Bad Samaritans and 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was an international no. The blend of food and economics was sometimes good and sometimes non-existant and really just an interesting type of food and. Myth-busting, witty, and thought-provoking, Edible Economics serves up a feast of bold ideas about globalization, climate change, immigration, austerity, automation, and why carrots need not be orange.Chang does say upfront that this is what he’s going to do – that this isn’t a book about the economics of food per se, but a restatement of his core arguments, with culinary anecdotes functioning as treats to keep the reader interested. A brilliant economics public science, there are many of these out there but the use of the dishes as a segue into each chapter is a wonderful idea that was well-executed here. I'm not much of a recipe enthusiast, but sometimes I wanted to know the preparation part of the recipe mentioned. While I did find some of Chang’s opinions to be distinctly British — though born and raised in South Korea, Ha-Joon Chang attended university and now teaches in the UK — it was still easy to remind myself that this is a book of opinions as much as it is a book of fact. Explaining everything from the hidden cost of care work to the misleading language of the free market as he cooks dishes like anchovy and egg toast, Gambas al Ajillo and Korean dotori mook, Ha-Joon Chang serves up an easy-to-digest feast of bold ideas.

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. Edible Economics is a moveable feast of alternative economic ideas wrapped up in witty stories about food from around the world. Niestety wstawki o jedzeniu nieszczególnie mi przypadły do gustu, ale inna sprawa, że mi do kulinarnych freaków baaardzo daleko! Un libro escrito con sentido del humor, rigurosidad argumentativa, con alcances literarios y culturales interesantísimos.I enjoyed the conversational and anecdotal format, and the interlinking of stuff I knew with stuff I didn't. 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. and had a basic understanding of some economic phenomena such as industrialisation overtaking raw-materials based economies in terms of income and prosperity. I’m certainly not an economist by any stretch of the imagination, but I feel like I am leaving this book having learned far more than I expected to, particularly with a firm understanding of the society and world at large that I live in today, and certainly far more prepared to comprehend the ever-developing future stretched out before us.



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