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What the World Eats

August 21, 2008

As a self-proclaimed “foodie” and addict of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and the ever charming Andrew Zimmerman’s Bizarre Foods I could not pass up perusing What the World Eats  (a re-publication of  Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (2007) which features 30 families instead of 25.) Photographed by award winning photographer Peter Menzel and written by Faith D’Aluisio the author of Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects, What the World Eats depicts the weekly eating habits of 25 families around the world.  For instance, in Ambato, Ecuador they eat spit-roasted guinea pigs while in Manila squid balls are served at a fastfood place called Kiss King of Balls.  Each profile has wonderful sharp National Geographic-like pictures accompaning the stories of each family, and readers will be astounded by how much each family consumes and spends in one week.  For instance, the Brown family in Australia spends $376.45 for four people while a refugee family in Chad spends $1.22 for six people.  The book also notes how much each family spend on starches, dairy, protein, fruits, vegetables, condiments, snacks, desserts, prepared food, fast food, beverages, and miscellaneous.  Each profile also comes with a day in the life summary and fast facts like population, life expectancy, and annual health care expenditure per person.  Also included between the profiles are more statisics like the number of McDonald’s in each country. (Not suprisingly the U.S. has 13,491 and Japan comes in second with 3,891.)  This would make a wonderful addition to any reference collection and will appeal to children, teens, and adults. Also because of the large pictures and fast facts it will appeal to mix-gendered booktalks.  (Excerpts from this book also appear in Time Magazine.)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. towerofbooks permalink
    August 23, 2008 10:20 am

    I remember when the excerpt was in Time, and I found it to be very interesting.

  2. Gayle permalink*
    August 27, 2008 6:21 pm

    Forgot to get this from you. I want to read it too! I’m afraid it’ll make me too hungry if I read it at work. Who knows what I’ll be craving.


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