What I Eat

What I Eat

Around the World in 80 Diets

Book - 2010
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"In this fascinating study of people and their diets, 80 profiles are organized by the total number of calories each person puts away in a day. Featuring a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Massai herdswoman, world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria, an American competitive eater, and more, these compulsively readable personal stories also include demographic particulars, including age, activity level, height, and weight. Essays from Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham, journalist Michael Pollan, and others discuss the implications of our modern diets for our health and for the planet. This compelling blend of photography and investigative reportage expands our understanding of the complex relationships among individuals, culture, and food."
Publisher: Napa, Calif. : Material World Books ; Berlekey [Calif.] : Ten Speed Press, c2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780984074402
Branch Call Number: 394.1209 MENZEL P
Characteristics: 335 pages : color illustrations, map ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: D'Aluisio, Faith 1957-


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Another amazing accomplishment from the author of Material World, What I Eat Around the World in 80 Diets chronicles the many ways humans around the world gain nourishment and pleasure from food. The photo project focuses on eighty individuals and their daily intake of food. It includes picture... Read More »

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Apr 25, 2017

I've borrowed this book three times, and I'm borrowing it again. I love how much I learn about world's widely different diets - and what they have in common... And it's a great coffee table book, too!

Mar 09, 2015

An eye-opening book that teaches not only loads of information about health, but also about culture, poverty, and gives some examples about how sometimes privileged countries also seem to eat less healthy.

madame_librarian Feb 16, 2011

Photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio have collaborated to produce another thought-provoking and dramatic presentation of how humanity relates to food. Their first effort,
"The Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" (2005) introduced us to thirty families from twenty-four countries. Visually stunning and often surprising, the photographs with accompanying captions and short articles, displayed all the food from one family's weekly consumption arrayed on the dining table. In this new book, Menzel has taken this concept to the level of the individual.

Using daily calorie intake as the organizing principle, Menzel introduces us to eighty people from over thirty countries and more than a dozen different U.S. states. Again, the photography is wonderful--chock full of details that you discover as your eyes roam the pages. Each person is profiled; each life style described. Starting with a subsistence diet of 800 calories per day, a woman in Kenya explains how drought and an end-of-the-month cash shortage reduces her intake to so little. Other times are better for her and her family, but the day she was visited by the authors, it was a mere 800 calories for her. As you work your way through the book to higher and higher calorie counts, you won't find simple connections between weight, income, career and how much someone eats. At the top of the intake chart, a binge eater mom from Great Britian, overweight but not morbidly so, literally and figuratively takes the cake at 12,300 calories!

This is a great book to look at and discuss with your kids, or to pass around the table after sharing a good meal with friends. Accompanying essays by Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry and other noted writers further our understanding of the complex relationship of humanity to the earth's varied but often limited bounty and pose important questions about the future of food.

-Madame Librarian

Nov 26, 2010

Sobering descriptions of what various people from different countries eat in a day. One observation: hardly anyone eats enough fruits and vegetables.


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