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Two more reviews of An Economist Gets Lunch

The Guardian on An Economist Gets Lunch, by Oliver Burkeman, “This column will change your life,” and a lengthy review from Kyle Smith at The New York Post; “Cowen’s special sauce is rationality, which is why this may be the … Continue reading

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Veronique de Rugy on “An Economist Gets Lunch”

On the (superior) French parental approach to children and food: Growing up, my parents would mostly ignore my wishes when it came to food — or anything else for that matter. I wasn’t forced to eat blue cheese at every … Continue reading

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The Boston Globe on Cowen on food

Cowen’s book offers more than ethnic-dining tips, however; it situates them in a broad historical context. Many of today’s mainstream foodies, Cowen argues, have the history of American food all backwards. They assume that American food is so terrible and … Continue reading

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The Matt Yglesias take on restaurant decline

Matt writes: Imagine some diners are, by temperament, venturesome while others are regulars. Over the long term, the best business strategy is to appeal to regulars since they offer a stable client base. But when a restaurant is new, it … Continue reading

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“Avoid beautiful women and popular locations”

Picking a restaurant may be an art form, but one economist is trying to apply theoretical economic principles to make the process of selecting your next meal out worthwhile. Professor Tyler Cowen suggests that diners avoid hyped-up eateries or places … Continue reading

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Huffington Post covers “An Economist Gets Lunch”

The interview is here, with Arin Greenwood, here is one excerpt: For the world as a whole the main thing we need to do is invest more in increasing agricultural productivity. It’s really slowed down since the 1990s. It’s a … Continue reading

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Six Rules for Dining Out

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“Thucydides Gets Lunch”

To find good food and not get fleeced, he recommends, leave the city centers and seek marginal areas. Mr. Trillin has been saying this for at least 40 years. I suspect Thucydides preferred the little joint on a side street … Continue reading

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“How an Economist Looks at Food: An Interview with Tyler Cowen”

Spending good money on bad food isn’t great for your wallet or your waistline, but most consumers do just that. “Most people are stuck in a rut — we’re our own worst enemies,” says Tyler Cowen, author of the new … Continue reading

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“Why American Food Used to Be So Bad and Other Lessons From Tyler Cowen”

For the past four years, I’ve been ordering the most unappatizing sounding item on the menu when I eat at nice restaurants. This counterintuitive advice from Tyler Cowen’s 2007 book Discover Your Inner Economist has worked surprisingly well. Cowen’s newest … Continue reading

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