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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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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 definitive, behind-the-scenes look at why Pokémon's evolution from a single Japanese video game to global powerhouse captured the world's attention, and how the "gotta catch 'em all" mentality of its fanbase shaped pop culture—and continues to do so today. Ha-Joon Chang offers some unique perspectives on various economic theories, often presenting multiple differing opinions in the same chapter.

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) . In my case, it was like a roller-coaster ride that I finished in a breath, but its charm will stay forever. I enjoyed the conversational and anecdotal format, and the interlinking of stuff I knew with stuff I didn't. 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. P132 “…consumers do not have the time and mental capacity to process all the information on the carbon footprints of their food items….

Somehow he manages to smuggle an urgent discussion of the relevance of economics to our daily lives into stories about food and cooking that are charming, funny and sweet (but never sour). There's no ethnic food I won't try, to the point those that know me ask me half-teasingly and half-seriously, "Just what don't you like? Essentially we got dinner and a movie where the dinner although quite interesting had nothing to do with the movie which was decent yet somewhat underwhelming.

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?It doesn't necessarily translate to how food/ingredients shape the global economy but it tries to draw parallelisms into economic concepts. As Chang points out, the fact of the matter is that places such as Korea developed because of sustained investment. In a rather unconventional manner, Edible Economics reviews a swath of economic theories and practices through the lens of foods — not through a given country or economy’s food culture or food economics, but simply through the lens of foods that relate to the economic thread. In ‘Edible Economics’, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world.

Este libro es fascinante porque conjuga con eficacia la gastronomía, la historia , la geografía y la economía. Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to review Edible Economics in exchange for an honest review. I was worried that this book would be similar to the Jungle and I'd be considering being a vegan after reading this book.Ha-Joon Chang is a Professor Economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world’s leading economists. This is the same egomania that underlined Stalin and Mao’s collectivization drives that killed millions.

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