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What I Eat by Peter Menzel
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Aug 15, 2011

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Read from October 30 to November 09, 2011

This book is fascinating.

But--there is always a "but," right? But I think, at least for the Americans, Canadians, and Australians, they went out of their way to find "cool" people. Lifeguard, soapstone carver, model, meat grinder, high-rise welder. Etc etc. These people are certainly interesting and yes, they are representative of the many many people in those jobs. But they are also all largely physical jobs.

What do most Americans do for a living? Sit at a desk all day--whether they are accountants or call-center employees, they sit. All day. Where are they? I would have loved to have seen single mom (or dad) of 3 who works sitting in front of a computer. How does she do it?

What about a low-paid retail employee who walks a big box store all day?

A fast-food cashier or cook?

A white color worker who puts in 12 hour days?

An independent mow-and-go gardener?

A schoolteacher?

A UPS or FedEx driver?

"But" #2--they use "Great Britain" when they mean "United Kingdom." This is a pet peeve of mine,and they also did this in What the World Eats.

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Petra Eggs ""But" #2--they use "Great Britain" when they mean "United Kingdom." This is a pet peeve of mine,and they also did this in What the World Eats."

More than anything I loathe England and English being used in place of United Kingdom or Great Britain. I'm Welsh and people saying the English Parliament, English Queen and the English this that and the other... when they mean British is very annoying. When it is pointed out to them, they almost invariably say isn't it the same thing. Then they sneer as if you are splitting hairs when you say no. I don't think anyone Welsh, Scottish or Irish feels that saying that their nationalities are the same as being English would agree.

Dree I used to be a cartographer, and we would have clients complain when we labeled the UK the UK, they wanted GB. Um, no...that's the island. And they wouldn't understand--"isn't it the same thing."

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