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Wed Apr 11, 2012, 12:48 AM

Economic Theory Plots a Course for Good Food.

TAKE a renowned economist to lunch, and you learn a few things. For instance, if you dine where children are among the patrons, you can count on bad food. Children are, in fact, one of the reasons American food got so bad. The other reason? Prohibition.

At Starbucks, the price of coffee isnít so expensive. But the profit margin changes when you order any special blended milk and sugar concoction. And speaking of beverage prices, if you must order a Coke with your meal, it tends to be cheapest at Chinese restaurants.

Tyler Cowen, an economics professor at George Mason University, compiles these findings and more in a new book, ďAn Economist Gets Lunch,Ē which is part economic history of American food, part attack on the self-righteousness of locavores and other food snobs and part guide to getting a better meal at home or a restaurant.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/dining/an-economists-theories-plot-a-course-for-good-food.html?hp

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 06:02 AM

1. Actually he describes himself as a locavore, but thinks that should mean working against the

continual supply of crappy food from a distance just because oil is cheap. But he thinks that shouldn't stop people from taking advantage about learning of other cultures and community through food. But that sounds too positive, and he does sound as self-righteous in his own way as the people he disses.

I may have to read that one. Thank you.

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 01:09 PM

2. Keep in mind he's at George Mason,

not the most liberal/open-minded place.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 03:25 PM

3. Yeah, big dummy.


But if liberals are gonna win, they gotta mix with the community, and food is a community magnet. The more variety the better.

An additional benefit is that a bunch of fat monolingual Americans might drop a little weight and learn some things about themselves and others as well, especially since any future we have may require it of them.

But I do heed the warning


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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 11, 2012, 03:30 PM

4. Right of course. Cheers!

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