Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, says economist, preeminent social commentator, and maverick dining guide blogger Tyler Cowen. Americans are becoming angry that our agricultural practices have led to global warming-but while food snobs are right that local food tastes better, they're wrong that it is better for the environment, and they are wrong that cheap food is bad food. The food world needs to know that you don't have to spend more to eat healthy, green, exciting meals. At last, some good news from an economist!
Tyler Cowen discusses everything from slow food to fast food, from agriculture to gourmet culture, from modernist cuisine to how to pick the best street vendor. He shows why airplane food is bad but airport food is good; why restaurants full of happy, attractive people serve mediocre meals; and why American food has improved as Americans drink more wine. And most important of all, he shows how to get good, cheap eats just about anywhere.
Just as The Great Stagnation was Cowen's response to all the fashionable thinking about the economic crisis, An Economist Gets Lunch is his response to all the fashionable thinking about food. Provocative, incisive, and as enjoyable as a juicy, grass-fed burger, it will influence what you'll choose to eat today and how we're going to feed the world tomorrow.
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And Mr Cowen strangely neglects this reviewer’s golden rule for dining out: avoid restaurants that display pictures of the main courses on the menu. All told, Mr Cowen makes for an engaging guide to the kitchens of the world. Foodies will enjoy his insights, even if economists come away a little hungry.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch | See more reviews from The Economist
An Economist Gets Lunch might be the most interesting book about food you read all year.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
Cowen’s book is a thoughtful, offbeat guide to better individual eating for readers with money to prepare food in well-appointed home kitchens, to dine at restaurants near home, and to travel widely away from home while eating experimentally.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
If Cowen’s opinions smack solipsistic at best and myopic at worst, the logic of his inquiry feels similarly elusive... This particular supply, to put it kindly, serves up a pale, desiccated, maddening dish.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
This is a delightful book that will broaden horizons to people uninitiated to the economic way of thinking.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
An Economist Gets Lunch demonstrates Cowen's depth of knowledge about a wide variety of food and cooking styles, but it does not show off his ability to construct a succinct argument and compelling narrative.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
Cowen’s generalizations about locavores ... are also too sweeping, and slightly hypocritical, in this reviewer’s opinion, given Cowen’s high praise for local foods in other countries.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
Cowen’s book has its wonky side, but even then it’s mostly fun.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
much of Cowan's book is taken up with long, dull diversions into his barbecue-eating experience and the layout of his local Chinese market.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
In his provocative and engaging book, economist Tyler Cowen rejects the popular argument that American food is bad for usRead Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
Overall, he explains, advances in agribusiness have been good for everyone, bringing food prices down and feeding more people than ever in human history.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
...but it’s Cowen who starts to sound paternalistic, adding “we can’t trust our intuitions,” because consumers can’t “see” the true environmental costs of their decisions.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
“An Economist Gets Lunch” is without a doubt one of the best no-nonsense guides to eating and food that I have ever read.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
The problem is it all seems backward. It seems like Mr. Cowen starts with the answer and then comes up with an economic explanation for what he believes to be true.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
When reading his book, I get the impression he sat, wrote, and the publisher printed. He seems to want to get it out too fast like a blog post.Read Full Review of An Economist Gets Lunch
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