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What the World Eats

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Sitting down to a daily family meal has long been a tradition for billions of people. But in every corner of the world this age-old custom is rapidly changing. From increased trade between countries to the expansion of global food corporations like Kraft and Nestlé, current events are having a tremendous impact on our eating habits. Chances are your supermarket is stocking ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Tricycle Press
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Amy M.
Mar 30, 2011 Amy M. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-the-library
This book has really inspired me! One day I will take a picture of what my family eats in one week!
Jan 13, 2012 ABC rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. It has photos of people with a week's worth of food. Little kids can look at just the photos and older kids can read the accompanying text.

Did you know that in Greenland seal meat is eaten?
Did you know that in one of the Chinese families the mom makes only $2.50 a day at her job?
Did you know in Kuwait a Big Mac costs around seven dollars? I sure could not afford that.

Lots of interesting stuff here!

I would have liked an end section on "How we made this book". (Like I have
April Helms
This has to be the most information crammed into 160 pages I have ever encountered. But "crammed" in a fairly orderly, well-laid-out fashion. This book has so many possibilities for schools, both children and adult groups, libraries. Heck, you could build a whole curriculum out of this book! The author and photographer went to 21 countries and met with 25 families. The basic package takes a snapshot of each family with a week's worth of food. Included are the number of family members, and how mu ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Carissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
a fascinating photo essay by the same people who created the book "Material World", using the same format. Each country featured in the book is represented by one family (except for the US which has 3) photographed in their homes, surrounded by one week's worth of food. the food is painstakingly listed on the facing page, broken down by food group (dairy, meat, grains, etc.) and costs are listed, both in local currency and in the US equivalent. It is very, very sobering to see what a family in D ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Dree rated it really liked it
This is a YA book, but is nonetheless fascinating. Families in twenty-one countries are profiled: what they eat, who cooks, what/how they eat during the day. Each family has a photograph with everything eaten in a week, and there is an itemized list as well as basic demographic health facts for each country (#s per sugar eaten per capita per year, etc). Costs are also discussed.

Fascinating. My 6th grader is now going through it.

*Pet peeve alert*
This book discusses Great Britain as a country. Gre
Feb 23, 2015 Kary rated it it was amazing
Wow! I read this for my non-fiction children's materials unit and it was a fascinating look at what families in other countries eat in a week! Wonderful for a geography or social studies unit.
Apr 18, 2015 Nancy added it
This non-fiction book was a fascinating look at what families from a variety of countries around the world eat in one week. Photographer Peter Menzel, known for his international feature stories on science and the environment, took beautiful pictures of families from Australia, Egypt, Mexico, Poland, Turkey, and the United States, among many others. Organized alphabetically by name of the country, the first photograph of each section was a full-page spread, showing a week's worth of food that th ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Kevin rated it really liked it
What the world eats is an interesting time consuming book about what exactly people from every country eats . A problem in this story is how lob sided every country is with obesity and world hunger. For example a country like the United States with an obesity rate of 68.8 percent of Americans over weight or obese clearly has problems verses a country like Hati with 91.3 percent of Hatians left hungry. In the book I was reading the author was suggesting it is not how much food we eat, it is actua ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidsstuff, nonfiction
this book is absolutely fascinating. there are photographs of families that live in different parts of the world with the food they eat in a week. there are families from chad, bhutan, australia, greenland, usa, france, equador, and more. there are also descriptions of a typical day of food preparations for each of the families. there are also graphics illustrating food consumption patterns, population density, and obesity. the book was written in 2004, but it is still very relevant. we have che ...more
Wonderful photo essays on what different families eat around the world and how much it costs to feed them.
I loved looking at the egyptian family and spoting the different products. Often I would bring this book to the dinner table and show my husband a page and exclaim "look they eat polar bear!"
Oct 31, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book sucked me in. It was fascinating to see the wide variety of ways that people eat and the price of food around the world. It made me think a lot about what I am purchasing. Great for a geography class.
Jun 11, 2016 Bookishrealm rated it really liked it
Such a great read. It was so interesting to see how diets change from country to country. Full review to come.
Mar 30, 2009 Rory rated it it was amazing
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Everyone in the world should read this gorgeous, eye-opening book that somehow manages to be both information-dense and almost delicate in its approach.
Stephanie Watson
Jun 26, 2017 Stephanie Watson rated it really liked it
Holy cow, this book is absolutely packed with factoids. The premise is capturing a week's worth of food for 25 different families in 21 countries across the world. A photo of each family with their week's worth of groceries is included, along with the cost (in both native and US $), a breakdown description of everything there divided by categories (dairy, beverages, grains, condiments, etc.) a sidebar of food- and economic-related statistics for that country (ex. percentage of population with ac ...more
Anna Wilson
Apr 25, 2016 Anna Wilson rated it it was amazing
Title: What The World Eats
Author: Faith D’Aluisio
Illustrator: Peter Menzel (photographer)
Genre: Photographic Essay
Theme(s): culture, diversity
Opening line/sentence: “Imagine for a moment that it is Saturday morning in the United States.”
Brief Book Summary:
What The World is about different places and families all over the world and what sorts of things they buy at the grocery store. Everything is then broken down into watch each individual item costs in both local and U.S. monies. The foods that
Barb Weinstein
May 25, 2017 Barb Weinstein rated it it was amazing
This book is great !
It is a beautiful picture of different families around the world and examples of what their food may look like for a week. It shows the different choices that are made and the quantities that are used. This is shown in photos with the family members that live together and share that food.
Dec 12, 2016 Karin rated it it was amazing
Extremely illuminating and humbling.
Nov 16, 2010 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to try sheep's head soup? Or chicken intestines? Or cicadas? Well, in Ecuador, the Philippines, and China, they eat these dishes all the time. How do I know? I know because I read What the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel and written by Faith D'Aluisio. This book describes in great detail what 25 families from 21 different countries eat on a weekly basis. Every culture and even every meal are so different that it makes for a fascinating read.

This book is structure
Oct 11, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Truly fascinating and unique book. It features families from around the world and what they eat in a week.
Anna S
Oct 15, 2014 Anna S rated it really liked it
Book Review
I read the What The World Eats by Faith D’Aluisio. In this non-fiction book, the author and the photographer, Peter Menzel, went to 21 countries and visited 25 families. They watched how they cooked and ate with them. Then they would take a picture of all the food they ate in one week. This book goes country by country and first shows the picture of the family standing in their kitchen with a weeks worth of food. It then lists the food and it’s price and if they ate at a restaurant
Really interesting (well, the text bits, not the lists of groceries at least...). Shows families from a handful of countries around the world, and how much they consume in one week.
Each family is basically a separate chapter. You get the family photo first, with a block of text saying who is who, sitting with what is a weeks' worth of groceries for that family. The page facing it is a list of the groceries. Then you get a few pages of text telling you a bit about the family, culture, and countr
Max P-L
Dec 13, 2012 Max P-L rated it really liked it
You probably know that Mexican people eat tacos, and Chinese people eat rice. In fact, you probably know what most people around the world eat. Or do you?..........And is that even what they eat? You probably don't know until you have read What the World Eats.

This book shows what many families all around the world eat in a week, and there are pictures for each family to give you a visual idea about what they eat. People all around the world eat many different things, most of which sound WAY unfa
Chasity Russell
Curricular Reactions: This book could be used to help students learn about different languages, cultures and diversity. These TEKS below will help students express themselves through these themes in a classroom as they look and read about this book:

§113.13. Social Studies, Grade 2, Beginning with School Year 2011-2012.

(6) Geography. The student understands the locations and characteristics of places and regions in the community, state, and nation. The student is expected to:

(A) identify major la
Kristy Lange
Apr 15, 2013 Kristy Lange rated it liked it
What the World Eats offers a photographic study of families around the world. It details what each family eats during a week and gives a family profile. The book goes into depth describing food options and purchases. From Australia to Turkey, and from Bhutan to the United States, What the World Eats offers a unique, in-depth look at cultures across the globe just by examining the food on their tables.

Strengths: What the World Eats offers rich cultural details about different groups around the wo
Sep 14, 2009 Ceci added it
Australia, China, Chad, France, Greenland, India, Mali, Turkey, and the U.S. All over the world, families are sharing meals.

It may seem like a stretch to call this an eco-book or a "green" book, but I think it is one. For one thing, What the World Eats makes the point--colorfully, beautifully, and with good humor--that in many parts of the world, people eat far less than we do here in the U.S. where over two thirds of the population is obese.

It’s not news, but this book’s photojournalistic app
Jan 01, 2010 Richelle rated it it was amazing
The author and photographer did an astonishing job on this book. They visited 21 countries around the world and followed 25 "average" families (household size, income, etc.) for a week to see what they eat. Each family has a photo by Peter Menzel of the entire household taken in the dining/food preparation area of their home, surrounded by the entire amount of food they consume in one week. The pictures alone are worth a thousand words, but there is plenty more to this book. The author, Faith D' ...more
Sharon Medina
Nov 10, 2013 Sharon Medina rated it really liked it
This book consisted of many photographs of families and the kinds of foods that they ate within their country. Each country featured in the book was represented by one family. They were photographed in their homes along with the representation of their weeks’ worth of food. The food that they family consumed was listed and broken down by the daily food groups (meats, grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy, ect.) and the cost was listed in both the current country currency and the US equivalent to ...more
Paige Wehmeyer
What The World Eats, by Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel is a amazing real life look into what the world eats. This book makes the reader feel as if they are sitting down to an amazing feast in many of the world’s most fantastically different countries. Some countries represented are Australia, China, Chad, France, Greenland, India, Mali, Turkey, and all over the United States of America. Getting a glimpse of 25 families around the world and what they eat on a basic meal or a extravagant meal i ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Emyers rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author, Faith D' Aluisio, explains the food that people eat around the world. Aluisio illustrates different countries consummation by studying twenty-five different families worldwide. Both the foods that the families eat in a week are listed and the cost of the groceries as well. Aluisio also includes information about each family and their country which provides an insight into the foods that they consume. Family recipes are included in some of the count ...more
Feb 11, 2014 Roberta rated it it was amazing
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Every day, millions of families around the world gather--at the table or on the floor, in a house or outdoors--to eat together. Ever wondered what a typical meal is like on the other side of the world? Or next door? Cultural geographers Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio visited twenty-five families in twenty-one countries to create this fascinating look at what people around the world eat in a week. Meet a family that spends long hours hunting for seal and fish together; a family that raises and ...more
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Faith D’Aluisio is the editor and lead writer for the Material World book series. She received the James Beard Foundation Award in 1999 for Best Book, Reference and Writing on Food for Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects. She is a former television news producer whose work received awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and the Headliners Foundation of Texas ...more
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