By MH Staff - Posted on 21st May 2014
Food is a great way for people to learn about and discover other ways of life and culture. What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets is just that sort of book.
1 Photojournalist Photographing Food
Peter Menzel, an American freelance photojournalist who is best known for his vast coverage and take on technological and scientific subjects, traveled around the world with his wife Faith D’Aluiso. She is a former award-winning television news producer and the editor and lead writer for the book-publishing imprint Material World Books . They traveled for three years and spent one million dollars in order to compile the latest book, What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets . This book is similar to another of theirs called Hungry Planet: What The World Eats. Hungry Planet was a book presented through photographs and essays on thirty families from around the world and what they spent on groceries and how much they ate in a week.
2 Diversity Of People And Culture
His latest book though is slightly different. It follows the same kind of photo-essay style yet the book focuses more on individuals and what kind of foods fuel them over the course of a day. The book looked at over 80 individuals from 30 different countries where he and his wife shopped, cooked and ate with a very vast diversity of people and cultures.
3 Marble Moahi, Mother Living with HIV/AIDS, Botswana – 900 Calories (left)
What makes it a great read is that it reveals the significant difference amongst individuals from all walks of life. The centerpiece of each of the photo essays has a portrait of the subject surrounded by the days worth of food they would eat as well as a short description of daily life. It also encompasses a thorough researched food list that includes every item consumed with the total calories (kilojoules) count. By doing this, the differences can easily be outlined amongst the subjects where economical, political and social influences play a significant role in daily calorie intake.
4 Conrad Tolby, Truck Driver, Illinois– 5,400 Calories (left)
It is not just a heart felt food book but much more informative, compelling and at times disturbing especially with the visual and textual mouth watering pieces that display the extreme similarities and differences of peoples dietary consumptions and their approaches to food. The book has been given rich context additions by fellow essay writers and food experts such as Wendell Berry, Mary Collins and Michael Pollan, to mention a few, who bring their own flavour, perception and approach to food politics and the endless obsessions with diets.
5 Nguyen Theo, Rice Farmer, Vietnam – 2,500 Calories (left)
People are always more concerned with their own diet to take notice of those around them. Not any single persons version of what makes up balanced diets or balanced meals are the same. Everyone has to deal with many factors when feeding themselves and their families. The book demonstrates such factors and sheds light on the implications of people’s modern diets on their personal health.
6 Katherine Navas, High Schooler, Venezuela – 4,000 Calories (left)
You can visit the online site to see more photographs from his latest book as well as many other pieces of his work. Food is a great way for people to to learn about and discover other ways of life. This book does just that.
7 Noolkisaruni Tarakuai, Third Wife of a Maasai Chief – 800 Calories (left)
Not everyone eats the same but they all have a story to tell. We all need to eat...
8 Leland Melvin, NASA Astronaut, Outer Space – 2,700 Calories (left)
... Even Astronauts!