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Review: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

What the World Eats

Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio

160 pages

Pub Year: 2008

Publisher: Tricycle Press

Source: Public Library

In What the World Eats, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio travel around the world to learn what families from other countries eat in a week. Technology has advanced to the point where most countries can get out-of-season produce whenever they want and brands that are popular in one culture are just as popular in another. With such an abundance of food being produce you would think that world hunger would no longer be an issue but it still is. To make matters worst there are more overfed people in the world than those underfed. By traveling the world to new-to-them countries and those they have visited years ago, the authors observe how mealtime is changing.

What the World Eats was such an unexpected delight. It’s adapted from another book the authors wrote, Hungry Planet: What the Worlds Eats, and fitted for a younger audience. Don’t let that stop you from reading this though. This is a book that adults and children can enjoy. The authors give facts about the 21 countries they visited, stories about the families, and pictures to illustrate exactly how much a family eats. The amount of money each family spends in a week on food is broken down by category. This isn’t a definitive guide just at glance at other countries.

I found the book fascinating and my family did too. Once you look at one picture, you want to know more and the authors did a great job keeping readers curious and turning pages. It was so interesting to compare what a family in rural China eats to a family in urban China or to see the profiles of families living in different parts of the United States.

When you lay out exactly a family eats weekly, you can’t help but start to think about what your own family eats too. Right after I finished this book I had to go to the grocery store. I couldn’t help but think about all the processed foods that I saw throughout the book. There were so many things that I usually buy but I didn’t this past grocery trip. That’s part of the magic of this book.

What the World Eats is a great addition to anyone’s personal library. My rating: 5 out of 5 stars