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The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets

Kara Newman


This book takes a close look at agricultural commodities, from the iconic pork belly to the obscure peppercorn and nutmeg. The results of an investigation are recorded here and show how contracts listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange can read like a menu and how market behavior can dictate global economic and culinary practice. This text reveals the economic pathways that connect food to consumer, unlocking the mysteries behind culinary trends, grocery pricing, and restaurant dining. The book travels back to the markets of ancient Rome and medieval Europe, where vendors first distinguished ... More

Keywords: agricultural commodities, market behavior, culinary practice, spice, grocery pricing, restaurant dining, super soybeans, food finance, food, spot sales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231156714
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156714.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kara Newman, author