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Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World

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Sin duda, en los plateamientos del autor subyace un aprecio por el valor de la democracia, el cuidado del medioambiente y la igualdad de género. Often, it goes a bit off-tangent from the beginning of chapters and you end up in an entirely different plane. 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. 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). Chang dismisses alternative economic models – those based on commodity exports, or on services – rather quickly.

That said, an interesting and creative approach to get more people interested and understand how economics work at a global scale. 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? Photograph: AsiaDreamPhoto/Alamy View image in fullscreen ‘In chapters with titles such as Noodle and Banana, Ha-Joon Chang sketches out the story of his home country’s rise.

Myth-busting, witty, and thought-provoking, Edible Economics serves up a feast of bold ideas about globalization, climate change, immigration, austerity, automation, and why carrots need not be orange.

Część rzeczy miałem wrażenie, że pokrywa się z poprzednią czytaną przeze mnie książką tego samego autora: 23 rzeczy.Curried clam broth leads into consideration of the spice trade, and then to the Dutch East India Company, and then to limited liability companies in general, and to suggestions about how the reform of corporate governance might make it possible to sustain long-term investments in green technology.

As a longtime follower of Ha-Joon's ideas and work, I was familiar with most of the points he discussed in this book, from the importance of strategic industrial policy to the power politics of international trade. It was a novel way to talk about some economics concepts which was frequently entertaining but it wasn't a perfect blend. 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. To akurat przypomina mi książkę Marcina Piątkowskiego Złoty Wiek, który potem w wielu wywiadach których słuchałem mówił, że chciał napisać książkę między innymi po to by inni się dowiedzieli jaki sukces gospodarczy przeszła Polska od 89 roku. 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.

Being a history reader, I knew about events like those told in the Anchovy chapter, the Banana chapter, etc. The author does address the strange connections he makes in the afterword, though perhaps I would have liked to have known what to expect a little more in the beginning. Ha-Joon Chang uses food stories, knitting world history and personal stories together, to explain important themes in economics; often deconstructing popular economic myths that stil inform mainstream economics education and policymaking (including “post-industrialisation”, the “free market”, the importance of the care economy, misunderstandings of the welfare state, protectionism, innovation etc.

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