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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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Some weren't as insightful — most probably because I was already aware of those theories and phenomena. El autor es un economista partidario de un capitalismo regulado y sustentable, pero un gran detractor de las premisas neoliberales que han sido dominantes en las últimas décadas. Often, it goes a bit off-tangent from the beginning of chapters and you end up in an entirely different plane. 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've been in a bit of a rut with my reading and this non-fiction book caught my attention (extra kudos regarding the cover design) .

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. But he is also right when he adds: “my economic stories are going to be rewards in themselves because I have made them tastier than the usual by making them more varied in kind and more complex in flavour”. Because one thing that comes through in Edible Economics, which is more absent in his Chang’s previous books, is that development is difficult.Trillions for defense and our military can’t repair or build ships; our pilots have limited actual flight time training. 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. He explains economic principles via his favourite food and dishes but relate it to economic issues i. 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.

So his life and career have encompassed not only the explosion of British food culture (he confirms, to an audience that might have forgotten, just how ghastly and bland things used to be), but also the development of South Korea, from a poor semi-industrialised state to the global economic and cultural powerhouse it is today. 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. The author also likes referring back to other chapters in the book which I thought was unnecessary and slightly chaotic.In my case, it was like a roller-coaster ride that I finished in a breath, but its charm will stay forever. 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. 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.

Ha-Joon Chang offers some unique perspectives on various economic theories, often presenting multiple differing opinions in the same chapter. W założeniu ta książka miała być super ciekawa: autor miał powiązać historię różnych produktów spożywczych z historią ekonomii. Książka stosunkowo krótka z 200 stron czyta się bardzo szybko można będąc zdeterminowanym skończyć w jeden wieczór. Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world's leading economists. That said, an interesting and creative approach to get more people interested and understand how economics work at a global scale.I found many of the brief lectures on various economic topics good but some were a tad basic/boring. This is the same egomania that underlined Stalin and Mao’s collectivization drives that killed millions. 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.

But if you're already in the field, read it for the interesting stories on ingredients and gastronomy.The only book I've ever read that made me laugh, salivate and re-evaluate my thoughts about economics – all at the same time. Un libro escrito con sentido del humor, rigurosidad argumentativa, con alcances literarios y culturales interesantísimos.

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