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FREDERICK KAUFMAN is a contributing editor at Harper's and teaches at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. He has written about American food culture for Foreign Policy, Wired, the New Yorker, Gourmet, the New York Times Magazine, and others. He has spoken about food justice and food politics at the General Assembly of the UN and appeared on MSNBC, Fox Business News, Democracy Now!, and public radio's Radiolab, On the Media, and the BBC World Service.
Introduction: Closed to the Press 1
Part I Looking for a Slice
1 A Marvel of Technology 7
2 The Domino’s Effect 19
3 The Measure of All Things 37
4 What’s New for Dinner 57
Part II Looking for the Killer App(etizer)
5 The Nucleotidal Wave 75
6 The Code 95
Part III Looking for a Leader
7 Circus Maximus 111
8 A Short History of Wheat Futures 129
9 The Food Bubble 151
10 Let Them Eat Cash 171
Part IV Looking for Money
11 Fresh Water and a Shotgun 193
12 The Price 205
13 Hard Red Spring 223
14 The Bubble Business 237
Epilogue: Return to Reality 255