Ask Tyler Cowen Anything

Apr 9 2012 @ 1:25pm

Ask Tyler Cowen Anything

by Chris Bodenner

Dish regular Tyler Cowen has a new book coming out, An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. Patrick took a look at the book earlier today. An overview:

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. ... 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.

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