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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The author is from South Korea and there is a lot of Asian influence in the food discussion and background, but it adds to the depth of the book. So overall, I did enjoy the book, but think the execution was a bit more chaotic than it needed to be. 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. 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.

In my case, it was like a roller-coaster ride that I finished in a breath, but its charm will stay forever. 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. Each chapter is a bit of a stand alone essay of a food item and then the discussion morphs into something economic. Chang dismisses alternative economic models – those based on commodity exports, or on services – rather quickly. 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.As Chang points out, the fact of the matter is that places such as Korea developed because of sustained investment. 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.

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.

He 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.

Now he’s reached the summit of the profession; a fun little book of essays (some of them extended and expanded versions of columns for FT Magazine), restating the case against the Washington consensus through the medium of recipes. 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.Ha-Joon Chang offers some unique perspectives on various economic theories, often presenting multiple differing opinions in the same chapter. That said, an interesting and creative approach to get more people interested and understand how economics work at a global scale. 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. The author states that they want to provide different perspectives and let the reader decide, but I found that to be very disingenuous.

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