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What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Dietsby Peter Menzel
Peter Menze, author of Hungry Planet, brings us another eye-opening look at food around the world — and this time, it's personal. Each page shows the diet of one person, in one day of their life. The book is organized by calories, starting with a woman living in Africa who eats an astonishing 800 calories a day. What I Eat is a great book to add to your collection and share with friends and family.
Synopses & Reviews
A stunning photographic collection featuring portraits of 80 people from 30 countries and the food they eat in one day.
In this fascinating study of people and their diets, 80 profiles are organized by the total number of calories each person puts away in a day. Featuring a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Massai herdswoman, world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria, an American competitive eater, and more, these compulsively readable personal stories also include demographic particulars, including age, activity level, height, and weight. Essays from Harvard primatologist Richard Wrangham, journalist Michael Pollan, and others discuss the implications of our modern diets for our health and for the planet. This compelling blend of photography and investigative reportage expands our understanding of the complex relationships among individuals, culture, and food.
Michael Pollan meets Anthony Bourdain in What I Eat, a portrait of 80 people from 30 countries—each photographed with all the food they eat in one day. Photos and profiles of a soldier, a sumo wrestler, a competitive eater, a world-famous chef (Ferran Adrià of El Bulli), a welfare mom and recovering addict, a Sudanese refugee, a model, a monk and more are accompanied by details of how old each person is, how tall and heavy, how active, and just how many calories he or she puts away in a day. The winning blend of stunning photography and sensitive reportage expands our understanding of the complex relationships among individuals, society, and food.
About the Author
PETER MENZEL is an award-winning photojournalist who has been published in Time, National Geographic, and Smithsonian, among others.
FAITH D’ALUISIO is a former TV news producer and the writer for their Material World books, which include Material World: A Global Family Portrait, Women in the Material World, the James Beard Award-winning Man Eating Bugs and Hungry Planet, and What the World Eats.
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