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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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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. Ideal para los interesados en economía y gastronomía, dos grandes pasiones del autor, como lo deja claramente demostrado. I honestly never thought I would enjoy a book on economics, but I found myself fascinated the whole way through.

Ha-Joon Chang is a Professor Economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world’s leading economists. It drew stories and parallels between various food ingredients to, often seemingly random, economic concepts. Autor najpierw zajmuje się tematem kulinarnym, by następnie przejść do konkretnego zagadnienia ekonomicznego. P132 “…consumers do not have the time and mental capacity to process all the information on the carbon footprints of their food items….Keeping my copy of this book as I definitely want to read it again, and it's hard to say much in the reveal without either giving it away or turning this review into something overly technical! Each chapter in this relatively quick read starts off with a description (often personal) of a food item, such as garlic or anchovies, before building an unexpected but interesting linkage to some economic concept. It shows that getting to grips with the economy is like learning a recipe: when we understand it, we can adapt and improve it—and better understand our world.

Racism and discrimination have choked economic opportunity for African Americans at nearly every turn. This is the same egomania that underlined Stalin and Mao’s collectivization drives that killed millions. His books include Economics: The User's Guide, Bad Samaritans and 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, which was a no.As with a Church of England sermon, it’s easy to chuckle at the artless way in which the points are sometimes brought in, – “In a very real sense, isn’t the carrot rather like a patent system? I am not suggesting that we should totally give up on food variety, but those who live in rich countries should reduce their expectations for ‘on demand’ food. Korea również dokonała ogromnego skoku gospodarczego stąd wnioskuję, że ilość odniesień autora do swojej ojczyzny jest podyktowana tym samym motywem. That said, an interesting and creative approach to get more people interested and understand how economics work at a global scale. Part One is about overcoming prejudice through using the author's own experience overcoming his aversion to food like okra (I can relate, hate that thing), and the next is about becoming more productive, then the third is about doing better globally; and the fourth and last sections are about living together and thinking of the future.

Ha-Joon Chang has been working hard at providing an alternative to neoliberalism for two decades now, ever since his book Kicking Away the Ladder pointed out that low taxes, free trade and deregulation simply wasn’t the way that most rich countries had developed. 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”. 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.Some weren't as insightful — most probably because I was already aware of those theories and phenomena. P111: “[re education] In other words, equality of opportunity is not enough; we need a relatively high degree of outcome. 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. Chang dismisses alternative economic models – those based on commodity exports, or on services – rather quickly.

It was a novel way to talk about some economics concepts which was frequently entertaining but it wasn't a perfect blend.Anyway, you won't only learn about economics, you'll get plenty of neat historical facts you didn't know about, too. W założeniu ta książka miała być super ciekawa: autor miał powiązać historię różnych produktów spożywczych z historią ekonomii.

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