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An Economist Gets Lunch by Tyler Cowen
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Jun 07, 12

Read in May, 2012

Bleah.

I had such high hopes for this. Food! and Economics! Yay!

But it was illogical, poorly edited, and a general waste of time. The book splits into two general areas: tips on how to deal with food from a personal basis (like - if you want good Chinese food, go to the kind of place where large tables of Chinese people are arguing, which indicates that people who know the food are truly regulars and feel at home there), and why those damned liberal foodies are stupid.

There's a chapter on how Monsato is saving the world from starvation, and foodies with their small-producers ways will damn people to starvation...and then a chapter complaining why it's impossible to get decent Mexican food in the U.S., partly because nobody in the U.S. is willing to be a small producer.

And the editing.

One example - at one point, he talks about how genetically modified food will save the planet - for example, how Monsato is developing anti-fart grass. Then later he states that the whole reason that cow farts are bad is because the cows are overfed the relatively indigestable soybeans (not grass).

Another - "Most Americans prefer blander flavors, in part an outcome of being less willing to consume fatty cheese products in large quantities."

Um, WHAT?!? Did anyone actually look at this book with a critical eye? Or was it just copyedited for grammar and shipped?

So, so disappointed. How are we supposed to balance feeding a huge world population and still get tasty food? Um, sit down, shut up, and eat at the right restaurants and grocery stores, and evertying will be okay. Gah.
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message 1: by Beth (new) - rated it 1 star

Beth I felt similarly torn between choosing which was worse: the contents or the editing. This book deserves to be composted.... Oops! The author thinks that composting is bad for the planet. Yikes!


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