23rd out of 63 books — 10 voters
The Penguin Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why
From the excessive use of grain to satisfy meat-eating demands to the safety of new food technologies, The Penguin Atlas of Food utilizes ninety-six pages of maps and graphics to show how the food chain is affected by historical events, political economy, natural disasters, and changing lifestyles.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Penguin Books
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This view of nutrition and food production from a global perspective is fascinating, though best consumed in small chunks as the book consists of maps, pie charts, graphs and other visual forms of data. My one criticism is that it's a little overwhelming, but the more the facts presented are contemplated, the better world food problems are understood. After perusing this book, I must say it has really had an effect on the way I shop and cook. I just wish the book were a little more current, as I...more
This is a few years old, but I picked it up after seeing it cited somewhere. The scope is broad and the depth in any particular area is only a page or two, but it's a wonderful resource for quick, visual, data-rich snapshots of global food patterns.