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What the World Eats [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Hardcover]

Peter Menzel , Faith D'Aluisio
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15 Aug 2008
Sitting down to a daily family meal has long been a tradition for billions of people. But in every corner of the world this age-old custom is rapidly changing. From increased trade between countries to the expansion of global food corporations like Kraft and Nestlé, current events are having a tremendous impact on our eating habits. Chances are your supermarket is stocking a variety of international foods, and American fast food chains like McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken are popping up all over the planet.

For the first time in history, more people are overfed than underfed. And while some people still have barely enough to eat, others overeat to the point of illness. To find out how mealtime is changing in real homes, authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio visited families around the world to observe and photograph what they eat during the course of one week. They joined parents while they shopped at mega grocery stores and outdoor markets, and participated in a feast where a single goat was shared among many families. They watched moms making dinner in kitchens and over cooking fires, and they sat down to eat with twenty-five families in twenty-one countries--if you’re keeping track, that’s about 525 meals!

The foods dished up ranged from hunted seal and spit-roasted guinea pig to U.N.-rationed grains and gallons of Coca-Cola. As Peter and Faith ate and talked with families, they learned firsthand about food consumption around the world and its corresponding causes and effects. The resulting family portraits offer a fascinating glimpse into the cultural similarities and differences served on dinner plates around the globe.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read-Aloud Informational Texts) in Appendix B.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582462461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582462462
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 28.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kim
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Even though the book can only focus on so many families around the world, I still think it gives a pretty good picture of what people eat in different parts of the globe and how much better some people in the third world countries eat with their few local chemical free fruit and vegetables than many in the first world countries with their dependance on packaged and processed foods, red meat and soft drinks. So few green vegetables on those tables......:( A great book to read to your food fussy kids!
The book also gives interesting details of their everyday lives and the pictures are great.
Recommended for all ages.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  39 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, but consider if you should pick up Hungry Planet instead. 17 Dec 2008
By Lisa L. Philpotts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the kid's version of Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. It has the same photos and similar text to the adult version, so if you've read Hungry Planet you don't need to pick this one up. If you're shopping for an adult reader or an older teen, pick Hungry Planet up instead of this one. They are very, very similar.

The layout is the same as Hungry Planet: A photo of a family with a week's worth of groceries, a text list of their grocery bill, and a passage discussing the role of food in their lives. Sprinkled throughout the book are recipes from the featured families.The highlight of this book for me were all the beautiful photos. It's certainly pretty enough to be a "coffee table book."

All in all, this book is food writing, cookery, travel writing, and a sociological study all rolled into one. Half a star off for some typological errors. A visually appealing book, wonderful for a child curious about the world and its people.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Amazing 27 Sep 2008
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After seeing it mentioned in a magazine article, I got this book from our local library. It is nothing short of amazing. Not only do I find it interesting but all three of my children - ages 9, 12 and 16 - have picked it up on their own to read and share with visiting friends. I'm actually coming to Amazon right now to buy it as a Christmas gift for all my relatives and one for our school library. It's beautifully photographed and very interesting. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children 16 Aug 2008
By Yana V. Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What the World Eats may have a simple premise, but its images and lessons are as sophisticated as they are influential. As its premise, the book offers a glimpse of the food expenditures and eating habits of twenty-five households in twenty-one countries of different degrees of economic development around the world. Menzel and D'Aluisio photographed and observed each household as it acquired one week's worth of food and prepared meals. The book clearly communicates the extent to which families in lower-income countries rely mostly on grains and produce, while higher incomes lead to the addition of meats, dairy, sugar, fats, and processed foods and beverages to the diet. Accompanying these dietary changes along the income scale are large increases in the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

The stunning photographs, detailed text descriptions, informative charts, and strategic visual displays all contribute to important lessons that are thoroughly integrated into a format that will engross adults and children alike. The reader is left better informed not only about the enormous variation among the world's people in what they eat, but also in their use of time and in their overall standard of living. This knowledge can make us better equipped to improve our food choices, reduce food waste, and think about productive ways to fight hunger globally.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Curriculum Guide that goes w/ this 7 Jan 2010
By Liaglynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a homeschooling mom to 5, we have this and the Material World book with the curriculum guides and power point presentations that open up years of creative writing and social studies and geography work.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars endlessly fascinating 16 Feb 2010
By Laksmi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I agree with the reviewer that said to get Hungry Planet instead if it's for older kids. But this version makes the material more accessible for younger children. Food offers a concrete way to relate to other cultures. The photos of families with a week's worth of groceries bring out cultural differences and make differences in affluence vivid and explicit. When my six-year-old daughter saw the photo of one family from a refugee camp with their meager sacks of food--in dramatic contrast to the abundant array of colorful packaged foods surrounding the families of developed countries--she asked, bewildered, "why do they have so little?" (Um, do you want the short answer to that, or the long answer?) There are so many ways to compare the photos and think about differences in diet. Every photo seems to tell many stories, often surprising. The book helps children understand poverty, malnutrition, and the industrial food system, but also invites them to marvel at the fascinating variety of food worldwide, and develop curiosity about other cultures.
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