Picture credit: Barnes and Noble
In the past several months, I've seen this photoessay making the rounds of blogs and email. It really made me think. I finally found its origins and got the book from the library.
The book is called Hungry Planet, and it is written by Faith D'Alusio with photos by Peter Menzel. The authors traveled around the world, spent time with families, and recorded their week's food intake. It is amazing to see how much less--and how much more--others spend on their food. It is also mind-boggling to see the struggle that it is in some areas to get food.
We just go to the grocery store and buy whatever we need. It's all pre-packaged and easily accessible. It doesn't always occur to me, and it should, that people in some places work all day to get enough to eat, the men and the women and the children, too. While we struggle with excessive weight and diabetes brought on by overeating, there are others who barely have enough to live on.
I read this book in less than a day, and found the whole thing fascinating, from the text to the recipes to the lists of food. I highly recommend it as a beautiful, interesting, thought-provoking, horizon-expanding book.