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The Sushi Economy

The Sushi Economy

Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

  • Author: Sasha Issenberg
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101216883
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 352
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The highly acclaimed exploration of sushi’s surprising history, global business, and international allure One generation ago, sushi’s narrow reach ensured that sports fishermen who caught tuna in most of parts of the world sold the meat for pennies as cat food. Today, the fatty cuts of tuna known as toro are among the planet’s most coveted luxury foods, worth hundreds of dollars a pound and capable of losing value more quickly than any other product on earth. So how did one of the world’s most popular foods go from being practically unknown in the United States to being served in towns all across America, and in such a short span of time? A riveting combination of culinary biography, behind-the- scenes restaurant detail, and a unique exploration of globalization’s dynamics, the book traces sushi’s journey from Japanese street snack to global delicacy. After traversing the pages of The Sushi Economy, you’ll never see the food on your plate—or the world around you—quite the same way again.

The Sushi Economy

The Sushi Economy

Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

  • Author: Sasha Issenberg
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781592402946
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 323
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A history of the consumption and economics of sushi covers such topics as the underworld of the tuna black market, the real-world practices of sushi chefs, and the role of sushi's popularity in China's future.

The Sushi Economy

The Sushi Economy

Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy

  • Author: Sasha Issenberg
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781592403639
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 323
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A history of the consumption and economics of sushi covers such topics as the underworld of the tuna black market, the real-world practices of sushi chefs, and the role of sushi's popularity in the future of Asia. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Victory Lab

The Victory Lab

The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns

  • Author: Sasha Issenberg
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 0307954803
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 385
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An energetic assessment of how a team of academics, statisticians and strategists are reshaping today's political campaigns explores war room strategies based in behavioral psychology and randomized experiments, offering insight into the campaigns currently being run such political figures as Barack Obama, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

Outpatients

Outpatients

The Astonishing New World of Medical Tourism

  • Author: Sasha Issenberg
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780990976387
  • Category: Medical care
  • Page: 128
  • View: 4556
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Today more people travel to Hungary for dental care than to any other country in Europe. The fascinating story of how Hungary became Europe's dental chair is a case study in medical tourism, which has become a growing multi-billion-dollar industry -- exploding in places as varied as India, Brazil, Korea, and Costa Rica -- as countries rewrite laws to compete for patients. Doctors and dentists have to run a business, but does globalization destroy the dream of high-quality universal health care? Sasha Issenberg, the acclaimed author of The Sushi Economy and The Victory Lab, goes on the trail of dental tourism in Eastern Europe in search of answers.

Empires of Food

Empires of Food

Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations

  • Author: Evan Fraser,Andrew Rimas
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
  • ISBN: 1582437939
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century merchant as a narrative guide, Empires of Food vividly chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past 12,000 years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and offers fascinating, and devastating, insights into what to expect in years to come. In energetic prose, agricultural expert Evan D.G. Fraser and journalist Andrew capture the flavor of places as disparate as ancient Mesopotamia and imperial Britain, taking us from the first city in the once-thriving Fertile Crescent to today’s overworked breadbaskets and rice bowls in the United States and China. Cities, culture, art, government, and religion were founded on the creation and exchange of food surpluses. Complex societies were built by shipping grain up rivers and into the stewpots of history’s generations. But evenutally, inevitably, the crops fail, the fields erode, or the temperature drops, and the center of power shifts. Cultures descend into dark ages of poverty, famine, and war. A fascinating, fresh history told through the prism of the dining table, Empires of Food offers a grand scope and a provocative analysis of the world today, indispensable in this time of global warming and food crises.

The Zen of Fish

The Zen of Fish

The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket

  • Author: Trevor Corson
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • ISBN: 0060883502
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 384
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Everything you never knew about sushi—its surprising origins, the colorful lives of its chefs, the bizarre behavior of the creatures that compose it—is revealed in this entertaining documentary account by the author of the highly acclaimed The Secret Life of Lobsters. When a twenty-year-old woman arrives at America's first sushi-chef training academy in Los Angeles, she is unprepared for the challenges ahead: knives like swords, instructors like samurai, prejudice against female chefs, demanding Hollywood customers—and that's just the first two weeks. In this richly reported story, journalist Trevor Corson shadows several American sushi novices and a master Japanese chef, taking the reader behind the scenes as the students strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. With the same eye for drama and humor that Corson brings to the exploits of the chefs, he delves into the biology and natural history of the creatures of the sea. He illuminates sushi's beginnings as an Indo-Chinese meal akin to cheese, describes its reinvention in bustling nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food, and tells the story of the pioneers who brought it to America. He shows how this unlikely meal is now exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling. The Zen of Fish is a compelling tale of human determination as well as a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.

A Geography of Oysters

A Geography of Oysters

The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America

  • Author: Rowan Jacobsen
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • ISBN: 9781596918146
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 304
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In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster's appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they're one of the few farmed seafoods that are good for the earth as well as good for you. Packed with fabulous recipes, maps, and photos, plus lists of top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals, A Geography of Oysters is both delightful reading and the guide that oyster lovers of all kinds have been waiting for.

On Deep History and the Brain

On Deep History and the Brain

  • Author: Daniel Lord Smail
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520252899
  • Category: History
  • Page: 271
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"This is surely a new paradigm for the study of history that will be regarded as revolutionary but which is also well justified. To my knowledge, no other book integrates the study of human history with principles of biological and cultural evolution on such an ambitious scale."--David Sloan Wilson, author of Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion and the Nature of Society "This is one of the most exciting books I've read in years. It is so accessible, so groundbreaking, so stimulating, so important that I imagine the next generation of historians will be deeply influenced by what Smail has to say here. Simply dazzling."--Lynn Hunt, author of Inventing Human Rights

Super Sushi Ramen Express

Super Sushi Ramen Express

One Family's Journey Through the Belly of Japan

  • Author: Michael Booth
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1250099803
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 336
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From the author of The Almost Nearly Perfect People comes a fascinating and funny culinary journey through Japan Japan is arguably the preeminent food nation on earth; it’s a mecca for the world’s greatest chefs and has more Michelin stars than any other country. The Japanese go to extraordinary lengths and expense to eat food that is marked both by its exquisite preparation and exotic content. Their creativity, dedication, and courage in the face of dishes such as cod sperm and octopus ice cream are only now beginning to be fully appreciated in the sushi and ramen-saturated West, as are the remarkable health benefits of the traditional Japanese diet. Food and travel writer Michael Booth takes the culinary pulse of contemporary Japan, learning fascinating tips and recipes that few westerners have been privy to before. Accompanied by two fussy eaters under the age of six, he and his wife travel the length of the country, from bear-infested, beer-loving Hokkaido to snake-infested, seaweed-loving Okinawa. Along the way, they dine with—and score a surprising victory over—sumo wrestlers, pamper the world’s most expensive cows with massage and beer, share a seaside lunch with free-diving female abalone hunters, and meet the greatest chefs working in Japan today. Less happily, they witness a mass fugu slaughter, are traumatized by an encounter with giant crabs, and attempt a calamitous cooking demonstration for the lunching ladies of Kyoto.

The Big Squeeze

The Big Squeeze

  • Author: Steven Greenhouse
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307268632
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 320
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Why, in the world's most affluent nation, are so many corporations squeezing their employees dry? In this fresh, carefully researched book, New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse explores the economic, political, and social trends that are transforming America's workplaces, including the decline of the social contract that created the world's largest middle class and guaranteed job security and good pensions. We meet all kinds of workers—white-collar and blue-collar, high-tech and low-tech, middle-class and low-income—as we see shocking examples of injustice, including employees who are locked in during a hurricane or fired after suffering debilitating, on-the-job injuries. With pragmatic recommendations on what government, business and labor should do to alleviate the economic crunch, The Big Squeeze is a balanced, consistently revealing look at a major American crisis.

Wine Wars

Wine Wars

The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists

  • Author: Mike Veseth
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • ISBN: 0742568210
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 264
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Writing with wit and verve, Mike Veseth (a.k.a. the Wine Economist) tells the compelling story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces. Veseth begins with the first force, globalization, which is shifting the center of the wine world as global wine markets provide enthusiasts with a rich but overwhelming array of choices. Two Buck Chuck, the second force, symbolizes the rise of branded products like the famous Charles Shaw wines sold in Trader Joe's stores. Branded corporate wines simplify the worldwide wine market and give buyers the confidence they need to make choices, but they also threaten to dumb down wine, sacrificing terroir to achieve marketable McWine reliability. Will globalization and Two Buck Chuck destroy the essence of wine? Perhaps, but not without a fight, Veseth argues. He counts on "the revenge of the terroirists" to save wine's soul. But it won't be easy as wine expands to exotic new markets such as China and the very idea of terroir is attacked by both critics and global climate change. Veseth has "grape expectations" that globalization, Two Buck Chuck, and the revenge of the terroirists will uncork a favorable future for wine in an engaging tour-de-force that will appeal to all lovers of wine, whether it be boxed, bagged, or bottled.

The End of the Line

The End of the Line

How Overfishing is Changing the World and what We Eat

  • Author: Charles Clover
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520255050
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 386
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Argues that if nothing is done to stop the squandering of fish stock, the ecological balance of life in the oceans will face collapse and millions of people could starve, and examines the causes and implications of the problem.

Tuna

Tuna

Love, Death, and Mercury

  • Author: Richard Ellis
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 0307387100
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 346
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Examines the natural history of the tuna, one of the world's most endangered marine animals, revealing how the increasing demand for sushi has caused a devastating overfishing of the tuna and detailing the implications of its potential extinction.

The Town That Food Saved

The Town That Food Saved

How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food

  • Author: Ben Hewitt
  • Publisher: Rodale Books
  • ISBN: 1605291560
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 240
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Over the past few years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region. The Town That Food Saved is rich with appealing, colorful characters, from the optimistic upstarts creating a new agricultural model to the long-established farmers wary of the rapid change in the region. Hewitt, a journalist and Vermonter, delves deeply into the repercussions of this groundbreaking approach to growing food, both its astounding successes and potential limitations. The captivating story of an unassuming community and its extraordinary determination to build a vibrant local food system, The Town That Food Saved is grounded in ideas that will revolutionize the way we eat and, quite possibly, the way we live.

Hooked

Hooked

Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish

  • Author: G. Bruce Knecht
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • ISBN: 9781594861109
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 278
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A history of the poaching of the Patagonian toothfish, otherwise known as the Chilean Sea Bass, documents how the fish came into global popularity while tracing the illegal activities of the fishing vessel Viarsa, in an account that discusses the environmental, courtroom, and culinary battles being fought over related fishing practices. First serial, Wall Street Journal. 60,000 first printing.

Stealth of Nations

Stealth of Nations

The Global Rise of the Informal Economy

  • Author: Robert Neuwirth
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307279987
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 290
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Stealth of Nations is an eye-opening account of the informal economy, and explains the unwritten rules that govern unregulated markets around the globe. Whether it's Nigerians selling Chinese cell phones back home in Lagos, or laid-off San Franiscans using Twitter to sell home-cooked foods, the denizens of this world are mostly entrepreneurs trying to find a way to scratch out a living. Neuwirth brings this shadowy world to life and challenges conventional wisdom about these informal industries-which he calls System D, an African slang phrase for the world of self-made entrepreneurs who make it without any government assistance. He traces its history and shows how it provides essential services and crucial employment that fills the gaps left by more formal systems. Neuwirth also captures the global reach of System D, where Guangzhou has a neighborhood that is almost entirely African (which the Chinese cabbies call "Chocolate City") and Nigerian fishmongers get their supplies from Europe, not local waters. Above all, he argues that this world is far more systematic than one would think: what looks like a chaotic market in pirated goods is often a well-oiled machine that relies on codes and unwritten rules to continue functioning.

National Geographic Almanac of World History

National Geographic Almanac of World History

  • Author: Patricia Daniels,Stephen Garrison Hyslop
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books
  • ISBN: 1426213913
  • Category: History
  • Page: 396
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Presents a reference guide that provides authoritative maps, charts, and chronologies complemented by informative essays covering all the major periods of human history between the time of the Neanderthals and the nuclear age.

Development Centre Studies The World Economy Historical Statistics

Development Centre Studies The World Economy Historical Statistics

Historical Statistics

  • Author: Maddison Angus
  • Publisher: OECD Publishing
  • ISBN: 9264104143
  • Category:
  • Page: 274
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Following on from his The World Economy: a Millennial Perspective, published by the OECD in 2001, in this book, Angus Maddison offers a rare insight into the history and political influence of national accounts and national accounting.

The Tragedy of the Commodity

The Tragedy of the Commodity

Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture

  • Author: Stefano B. Longo,Rebecca Clausen,Brett Clark
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 0813565790
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 274
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Winner of the 2017 Paul Sweezy Marxist Sociology Book Award from the American Sociological Association Although humans have long depended on oceans and aquatic ecosystems for sustenance and trade, only recently has human influence on these resources dramatically increased, transforming and undermining oceanic environments throughout the world. Marine ecosystems are in a crisis that is global in scope, rapid in pace, and colossal in scale. In The Tragedy of the Commodity, sociologists Stefano B. Longo, Rebecca Clausen, and Brett Clark explore the role human influence plays in this crisis, highlighting the social and economic forces that are at the heart of this looming ecological problem. In a critique of the classic theory “the tragedy of the commons” by ecologist Garrett Hardin, the authors move beyond simplistic explanations—such as unrestrained self-interest or population growth—to argue that it is the commodification of aquatic resources that leads to the depletion of fisheries and the development of environmentally suspect means of aquaculture. To illustrate this argument, the book features two fascinating case studies—the thousand-year history of the bluefin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean and the massive Pacific salmon fishery. Longo, Clausen, and Clark describe how new fishing technologies, transformations in ships and storage capacities, and the expansion of seafood markets combined to alter radically and permanently these crucial ecosystems. In doing so, the authors underscore how the particular organization of social production contributes to ecological degradation and an increase in the pressures placed upon the ocean. The authors highlight the historical, political, economic, and cultural forces that shape how we interact with the larger biophysical world. A path-breaking analysis of overfishing, The Tragedy of the Commodity yields insight into issues such as deforestation, biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change.