An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

by Tyler Cowen
An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

by Tyler Cowen



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One of the most influential economists of the decade-and the New York Times bestselling author of The 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101561669
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/2012
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 421 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tyler Cowen is a professor of economics at George Mason University. He is a prominent blogger at, the world’s leading economics blog. He also writes regularly for The New York Times, and has written for Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wilson Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1 On the Eve of the Revolution 1

2 How American Food Got Bad 17

3 Revolutionizing the Supermarket Experience 39

4 The Rules for Finding a Good Place to Eat 57

5 Barbecue: The Greatest Slow Food of All 85

6 The Asian Elephant in the Room 113

7 Another Agricultural Revolution, Now 141

8 Eating Your Way to a Greener Planet 167

9 Why Does Mexican Food Taste Different in Mexico? 187

10 The Finding Great Food Anywhere Encyclopedia 211

11 The Stuff and Values of Cooking at Home 243

Notes 261

Acknowledgments 277

Index 279

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