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What the World Eats

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  847 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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 rated it it was amazing
This book has really inspired me! One day I will take a picture of what my family eats in one week!
Jan 13, 2012 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 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 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
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, recipes
The author of this book visits 25 families in 21 countries around the world to discuss what they eat. My favorite part is that each family is photographed surrounded by a their typical week's worth of food. By each photograph is a breakdown of what type of food they eat, if it was homegrown, any trips to restaurants, and how much everything for the week cost.
The contrasts between these families are amazing. A typical week's worth of food in some places costs less than $2.00 because they must pro
Paul Wallis
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Feb 23, 2015 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.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was extremely interesting, with photos of what families in different parts of the world eat in a week. Some were shocking in what they had to survive on; others for the abundance. There was a lot of focus on weight with the Western families, which was not my favorite, but I loved the visual nature of the book. I’d like to see an update since this came out over a decade ago.
Apr 18, 2015 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
Andrea James
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.

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Mar 01, 2013 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Nya Savage
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This informational book focuses extensively on a multitude of countries with varying cultures and what they eat on a given day. There's a huge amount of pictures that capture the lives of these very different people around the world. The comparative data of all observed countries was valuable and peaked my curiosity. In countries such as China and America, it was responsive of the author to compare families from differing regions to highlight that they were very different. On the other hand, I w ...more
Aubrey Miller
“What the World Eats” is a fascinating book showing what people around the world eat in a week. It tells how much money is spent on groceries, how many people are in the family that the food feeds, as well as a detailed grocery list. Other features in this book include charts and graphs about various things such as number of McDonald’s in different countries and percent of overweight or obese citizens in different countries. I found this book to be extremely interesting. Every section started of ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
D’Aluisio, Faith What the World Eats, photographed by Peter Menzel, 160 p. Tricycle Press, 2008.

From the creators of Material World and Hungry Planet comes this knockout book about what25 families around the world grow, make and buy to feed themselves for a week. Each family is photographed with all of the makings for their weekly meals. Full of details about nutrition and lifestyle without ever being boring. This book is utterly fascinating and I really want posters of all of the family portra
Barb Weinstein
May 25, 2017 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.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book about food/diet around the world. Formatted more like an atlas and includes charts, maps, currency exchange rates and lots of photographs. Would be a great asset to a geography study.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Basically the same book as Hungry Planet, but with more concise information, plus insightful infographics.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book full of photos and a real breakdown of what the world does eat. I was super surprised by how much American junk food other countries eat.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my kids and I were really captivated by every book in this series... like, might buy one or two of these so we can continue pouring over them.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extremely illuminating and humbling.
Nov 16, 2010 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.

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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Truly fascinating and unique book. It features families from around the world and what they eat in a week.
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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