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2.95 out of 52.95 out of 52.95 out of 52.95 out of 52.95 out of 5 2.95 (19 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: April 2012 ISBN: 9780449011195
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magnus | 2/12/2014

    " I highly recommend this book!! There are separate chapters on different food in the country like Barbecue, Mexican, Asian other ethnic food. There is even a chapter on how to decide on which restaurants to eat at when you're travelling abroad. The chapter with the rules on finding places to eat is stellar. Even if you're not interested in economics the books should maintain your interest if you're passionate about food. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vn | 2/7/2014

    " Quite interesting but obviously does not cover everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harvey | 2/6/2014

    " A very interesting look at the best ways to find and cook good food for reasonable prices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 2/5/2014

    " Very interesting book, combined two of my favorite subjects "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/14/2014

    " Started GREAT. Ended badly. Delete the last two chapters and you have a great book. I love the counter arguments for GMOs, localvores, Monsanto, etc - different POV! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/8/2013

    " Great Book! Thought provoking! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erwin | 11/24/2013

    " If you are not a "foodie", you will not enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/21/2013

    " Interesting stuff. He occasionally bothered me, but his love of good food (especially ethnic) and how we can get it was what I took away from the book. It's a quick read, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Selfridge | 6/15/2013

    " While I loved and enjoyed all the information, some sections just dragged on so much that that I had to skip some. How much can one really read about barbecue? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl Sato | 6/2/2013

    " A very interesting read, I enjoyed the economics/foodie perspective. My husband and I discussed many of the ideas in this book and anyone looking to enhance their experiences with food can learn some neat tips. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 4/6/2013

    " Just started last night when it arrived on my kindle at midnight. So far, so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 3/12/2013

    " Excellent book for foodies, economists, and anyone that likes getting a bargain eating out -- particularly at ethnic restaurants. The chapters on the history of barbeque and the guide to eating in international cities around the globe are both fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wonderlandkat | 10/22/2012

    " Liked the idea but it was sooo hard to follow what he was saying. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail | 6/15/2012

    " Another painful book that I sloughed through until I could no longer stomach it. Tyler Cowen makes comments on just about everything (mostly about ethnic food) and after a while, it becomes tedious. It's certainly not the best writing, either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candice | 6/11/2012

    " Not worth the time it takes to read it. Nothing new or interesting. Too many back east restaurants. "

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About the Author
Author Tyler CowenTyler Cowen is an economist, academic, and writer. He is co-author, with Alex Tabarrok, of the economics blog Marginal Revolution.
About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.