Anyone writing engagingly on a nonacademic subject who cites the political scientist Thomas Schelling and the Chicago School of Economics as important influences on his own thinking is up to something unusual. And if the book in question is designed to help you find a better lunch, you have good reason to read it immediately—and lament he didn’t write it sooner.
Tyler Cowen’s witty and delightful book, An Economist Gets Lunch, is about food, not economics. Cowen promises “new rules for everyday foodies,” by which he means rules to guide you to the best food around, whether you’re in Paris, France, León, Nicaragua, or suburban Washington, D.C., and whether you’re in front of a white-linen table or in an aisle in a Korean supermarket.
About the Author
Richard Perle is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and served as assistant secretary of defense in the Ronald Reagan administration.