July 21, 2011

What the World Eats

Time Magazine has an interesting web slideshow on their site, profiling the photographs of Peter Menzel from his book Hungry Planet.

Menzel traveled around the world to shop, cook, and eat with families in their homes, taking note of each and every piece of food consumed during a week.   Each image in the book describes a little bit about the family featured, and outlines the average cost of weekly groceries. Above, the Aboubakar family in Chad.

The Ahmad family of Cairo

The Batsuuli family of Mongolia

The Casales family of Mexico

I’s interesting noticing how much food that can be grown regionally plays a part in people’s meals. Some families eat mainly grains, others eat a lot of fruit. The families above seem to consume very little packaged food, in comparison to the average American family. To see more photos click here. What would a photo of your family’s weekly groceries look like?