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What the world eats!

sedimental May 7, 2013 10:26 PM

Interesting slide show on families around the globe and their groceries for the week.


  1. Paprikaboy May 9, 2013 09:26 AM

    When were these photos taken?
    The UK one looks circa 1988 from the clothes and the fireplace.
    Though I don't recall Capri Sun multipacks or Muller Fruit corner youghurts in 1988.Also the Twirl wasn't out then either iirc.

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    1. re: Paprikaboy
      HillJ May 9, 2013 09:32 AM

      My edition was published in 2006. Photos were taken over a period of a few years earlier.

      This TED vid on the photographer, Peter Menzel shows his 3 year project on local diets, equally as interesting.

      1. re: Paprikaboy
        Roland Parker May 9, 2013 12:01 PM

        I had the same reaction to the UK family. The picture looked very dated and from the late 1980s/early 1990s, which is when I lived in the UK. One would also think the modern UK diet is a bit more diversified - Indian takeaways for example.

        Just a coincidence, I'm sure.

      2. HillJ May 8, 2013 01:55 PM

        I own the coffee table book. The photos are incredible and without conveying a single word say so much.

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        1. re: HillJ
          Roland Parker May 8, 2013 10:31 PM

          I love these types of books but the danger is making too many assumptions about a country's eating habits based on the profiles of one family.

          The American family's diet is hardly what my family eats.

          Still, it's good fun looking at the pictures.

          1. re: Roland Parker
            HillJ May 9, 2013 04:49 AM

            In some cases that may be true and a "time stamp" has a way of updating quickly in real time but from a cultural standpoint I thought that the book provided an interesting look. As a teaching tool these photos provide food for thought. They made me question and further explore what people eat. The compositions don't imply ALL.

            1. re: Roland Parker
              BuildingMyBento May 9, 2013 09:10 AM

              Of all the photos, which would you say best represents your family's eating habits, if any?

              I'd like to say mine is best reflected in Turkey's (or either of Japan's), but it's probably closer to the Bosnian one, or a combo of those three.


              1. re: BuildingMyBento
                hyacinthgirl May 9, 2013 10:42 AM

                I was thinking Bosnian or maybe German- we do include beer and wine as a weekly item.

                1. re: BuildingMyBento
                  Roland Parker May 9, 2013 11:58 AM

                  No one is a perfect match but of the families featured we're probably closest to the German family, minus most of the beer.

                  My household would have about the same amount of vegetables but more fruit, less meat, more seafood, less cheese, more baked goods (home made or good quality store made), less pasta, more rice.

            2. cayjohan May 8, 2013 10:41 AM

              The book "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" is absolutely wonderful and eye-opening. I couldn't recommend it more highly. http://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Planet-W...

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              1. re: cayjohan
                The Librarian May 8, 2013 12:10 PM

                I agree - this book is fascinating. I'm a school librarian and have this book in the Library, and the kids love to look at it!

              2. EM23 May 8, 2013 10:25 AM

                This is an interesting slideshow - I saw it earlier this week on the Guardian. Odd that ABC has left out the details that the photographer documented – namely, how much weekly groceries cost around the world. Here is the link to the slideshow with descriptions.

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                1. re: EM23
                  juliejulez May 8, 2013 10:37 AM

                  I want to go hang out with that German family... all that beer and wine! :)

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