• what the world eats.

    05.26.2008 / Miscellaneous

    Ok, I really am heading out now, but I can’t quite shake this project. What a compelling, thought-provoking photo essay examining what different families eat throughout the world and their average weekly grocery bill.

    Thank you, Time.

    • design for mankind.

      I know, right, Meg? Isn’t that totally interesting?

    • Kate

      How interesting! And rather reminiscent of the Pink & Blue series: http://forme-foryou.com/2008/03/pink-blue.html

    • Jill

      I just bought this book over the weekend, what a coincidence to see it here! Isn’t is an amazing concept? I can’t stop thinking about it either. The authors have two other amazing previous books, Material World and Women in the Material World, which are worth owning too.

    • design for mankind.

      eek! how crazy!!! :)

    • Lisa

      wow. VERY cool!
      my photo would include much more junk food then i would admit otherwise :)

    • Nidhi

      I love this project…and it’s so timely with all the talk recently of the food crisis we are in.

    • design for mankind.

      Exactly, Nidhi! :)

    • Prêt à Voyager

      I loved when I first saw this in the magazine. Truly fascinating!


    • Shari

      I believe the photos were chosen specifically to present various countries in a biased light. I live in Japan (and am American) and can say that the Japanese family and American one are not representative of “average” by a long shot. It’s interesting, but I hope the book strongly points out that you cannot generalize the eating habits of a nation based on what one family does.

      My family never ate as much fast food as shown in the American family’s picture nor do I know Japanese families who would include watermelon and musk melon as part of their regular diet as they aren’t available year-round and are very pricey. Also, the Japanese family say that, among their favorites, are “cake” and “potato chips” yet there is no cake in the picture and only one bag of seaweed flavored chips being held by the woman on the far left (and it is obscured by her arms except for the Japanese writing as if to “hide” the junk food aspects of the Japanese family’s eating).

      I have to wonder how the other country’s families were chosen or their shots staged to present a certain look. I did notice the fruit and vegetable placement is different in different shots (the American’s is hidden, others are front and center).

    • design for mankind.

      EXCELLENT point, Shari! The placement is inconsistent and you raise a great discussion!!!

      Thanks for challenging the rest of us to look a bit closer!!! :)

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