Meals Matter // new review

From my review of Meals Matter: A Radical Economics through Gastronomy, by Michael Symons, out in The Weekend Australian today:

“Rejecting the Platonic abstraction of human appetites, Symons argues that it is in the fundamentally Epicurean restoration of simplicity that human beings can again find meaning and happiness. Neoliberalism, he writes, corrupted liberalism. Nineteenth century economists reframed healthy impulses as greed. The social sciences, too, ‘joined philosophy in dismissing eating and drinking as unworthy’ even though political philosophy and economics are, as he points out, founded on the question of how we should feed ourselves and one another …” ?

Photograph by Ellen von Unwerth

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