Sunday, November 20, 2022

Edible Economics Garlic


“Two thin slices of bread, toasted; butter; a dollop of mustard cream; a generous spoonful of horseradish; chunks of smoked eel; pickled red onion on the side.  And, with a minimum of fuss but a maximum of flavour, that is Esquire’s choice for the nation’s most distinctive, most delicious, most desirable sandwich – an insanely punchy, delightfully heady experience that is over in moments but lingers in the memory for weeks.”

~ Esquire London – at Quo Vadis


*Hayek: A Life, 1899-1950*, by Bruce Caldwell & Hansjoerg Klausinger

Edible Economics - The author is Ha-Joon Chang, and the subtitle is A Hungry Economist Explains the World.  This is an economics of food book with a Korean emphasis, and arguing in favor of protectionism and industrial policy, in line with the author’s earlier works.  Here is one excerpt:

South Koreans went through a staggering 7.5kg of garlic per person per year between 2010 and 2017.  We hit a high in 2013 of 8.9kg.  That’s over ten times what the Italians consume (720g in 2013).  When it comes to garlic consumption, we Koreans make the Italians look like ‘dabblers’.  The French, ‘the’ garlic eaters to the British and the Americans, only manage a paltry 200g per year (in 2017) — not even 3% of that of the Koreans.

Big Think –

  • “Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf.
  • Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes surrounding ourselves with unread books enriches our lives as they remind us of all we don’t know. [we don’t know what we don’t know, until we learn it!]
  • The Japanese call this practice tsundoku, and it may provide lasting benefits.”

The value of owning more books than you can read - Big Think

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