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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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Kirei
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
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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
Dree
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
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Carissa
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
Kary
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.
Lisa
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
Mallori Allphin
This is a very factual picture book that follows 25 families, from 21 different countries, and tracked their weekly eating habits. With illustrations that are actual photographs of these families and their groceries, this book illuminates the radical differences between different cultures and their dietary needs for a week long period. It is filled with information and statistics on different types of food, where they are available, how much food costs, and more. This book allows students to be ...more
Roberta
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
Mackenzie Cannon
Peter and Faith, the authors and photographers of this book, traveled around the world and took a look at different cultures and the foods that they eat when they sit down with their families for dinner. Peter and Faith visited a number of different families, and stayed with them for one week each. While they were visiting, they observed and photographed the different meals that the families ate for one whole week, leading them to find that no matter where you are in the world and what kind of c ...more
Makayla Coffey
What the World Eats shows the weeks worth supply of many families from around the world and gives the readers a picture on how depending on where you are from the types of food they eat along with how they prepare it and how many people typically share in the weeks supply. The book also gives charts that show the amount of meat consumed based on country, the ratio of obesity in each country, and percentages on the ratio of the population compared to the rural population in each country. The book ...more
Keani Meier
Everyday around the world families will get together and share a meal with the people they care about.. They could sit at a table, on the floor, inside or outside eating food. In every country food is different, how they got the food is different, and how they prepare the food is different as well as how much it cost. For every culture sharing a meal can mean something different in china, “Food has traditionally played such a central role in Chinese life that it is often invoked even in day-to-d ...more
Anna S
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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
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Adam Donald
This book outlines the eating habits of people all around the world with beautiful pictures and fun facts. These pictures are taken from all over the world, outlining the general eating habits of a regular family in that area. Families scatter around an area piled with the foods that are normal to their daily eating habits. This book was so beautiful because it outlines how different people can be in what they eat, but unites them with fun facts and just the general showing of “everyone needs to ...more
Melanie
This book was an interesting compilation of what several random families from randomly selected countries around the globe eat for one week in a year. Along with brief bios, there are other bits of statistical knowledge, like rates of obesity or life expectancies in given countries.

My kids really enjoyed this book, and it's probably written to about a 6th-8th grade audience.

One thing I did not like was that in all the charts, they included Darfur, Sudan, but then the information was always N/A
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Andrea James
I thought their idea to photograph families around the world was terrific, and offers quite a stark comparison of what we eat. I hadn't realised that Kuwait had such a bad obesity problem (more than half the women are obese!). Interestingly, Bhutan also has a surprising percentage of obese people and perhaps my impression was skewed because the family featured was a rural household and I'm guessing that the majority of the obese people in Bhutan live in urban areas.

I read the book whilst watchin
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Kipahni
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!"
Paul Wallis
I cannot rate this book high enough. Six or seven stars would be selling this book short. This is a great book for teaching kids (and adults) about what is consumed around the world. When my daughter was 4 we look through this book together, and when we got to the chapter on the African family she stated "they must have more food in the tent". I explained that was all their food, and she stated "well they will have to go grocery shopping". I further explained that there was no grocery stores. Sh ...more
Crystal
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.
Rory
Apr 21, 2009 Rory rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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.
Melissa McMaster
This book follows 25 different families from 21 countries to see what they eat over the course of a week. There is a growing trend that more people are overfed than underfed, so Menzel and D’Aluisio wanted to compare the eating habits and grocery shopping of different people around the world. For each family, there is a photograph of them with a week’s supply of food. There are also many pictures of the families preparing their food and them when they eat. There is also a lot of statistical info ...more
Eileen Corbett

What the World Eats is a fascinating book that gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of 25 families around the world, focusing on what they eat in a typical week. Each family is photographed in their kitchen surrounded by a week's worth of food. The authors also give the monetary amount spent for the food in local currency and US dollars. The food is categorized into basic food groups including snack foods, prepared foods, fast foods, and restaurant foods. The authors write about their exper
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Richelle
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
Laura
This was almost as good as their newer book, 'What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets'. In this book, they visit 25 families in 21 countries and profile what they eat in a week. The countries range from the US to Egypt, Chad to Australia, Greenland to Mexico. In some circumstances, they profile more than one family per country - like in China, they featured an urban family followed by a rural one. Each family was accompanied by a few pages of text and some additional photos of their daily lives ...more
Ceci
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
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Tasha
I dare you to pick up this book and not be captivated. Through photographs, fascinating statistics and humanizing essays, readers get a glimpse of what people in different countries eat each week. Every entry in the book begins with a photograph of a single family surrounded by the food they would normally consume in a single week. Then the foods are categorized and listed, and that family's lifestyle is examined in detail as well. Small details of their lives are shared and those lend the great ...more
Jenny
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
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Courtney
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
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Kelli Carlson
This book was a delight to read. It was full of intriguing information and statistics about what people eat all over the world. Eating is universal and every culture and place has some sort of tradition(s) based around food. The book discusses how the traditions and culture are slowly being changed and conformed to more commercialized and universalized foods. Eating habits, where you get your food, and how you prepare it are all be changed. Traditions, foods and old customs are however not all d ...more
Kevin
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
Kristy Lange
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
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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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