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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (543 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tyler Cowen Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the most influential economists of the decade-and the New York Times bestselling author ofThe Great Stagnation-boldly argues that just about everything you've heard about food is wrong. 

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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/20/2014

    " If you can get past the patronizing tone and the insults to people who spend a lot of money on food, people that don't spend a lot of money on food, people that like to go to restaurants that other people they know go to, people that use yelp or other internet searches, businesses that actually adapt to be successfully, people that like to shop at stores with labels they can read, there's some really interesting stuff in this book. Occasionally it really annoyed me but for the tidbits of information I found useful, it was work pushing through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tripp | 2/20/2014

    " This one is a challenge to rate. I think it is really a 3.5. I loved the first few chapters about thinking about how to find good food. I also liked some of the counter arguments to Omnivore's Dilemma (one of my top books.) Still, I thought that it was a bit too sporadic and lost steam. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachel Aschmann | 2/18/2014

    " Tyler Cowen is an economist and a foodie and uses both interests to write a fascinating book about the intersection of food and economics. I am so bad at deciding where to eat out that chapter 4, "The Rules For Finding a Good Place to Eat", is worth the price of the book. But he goes on to make very interesting points on why not using plastic bags or eating local may not not be that green. I certainly have a lot of new ideas to think about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kitty | 2/14/2014

    " This book got off to a good start with the first two chapters, explaining how American food went bad. Subsequent chapters were too scattered and depended too much on the author's personal preferences. Despite initial high hopes, the book was ultimately a disappointment. "

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