I’ve been an economist for some 30 years, and a foodie for nearly as long. In this time, I’ve learned that by applying some basic economics to my food choices, I can make nearly every meal count. I’ve also realized that a lot of the best food is cheap. Herewith, a distillation of what I’ve learned about dining out, in six simple rules.

– Tyler Cowen (for The Atlantic)

This post on dining out epitomises what I love most about The Atlantic magazine. It’s well written, beautifully structured, and instantly appealing. The Atlantic has very recently become one of my favourite must-read magazines, joining the New Yorker, Inc., Wired (the US version) and Fast Company.

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