on 16 August 2010
Absolutely love this book. Probably slightly out of date now, the photographs look like they were taken a while ago, but still a very interesting book. And in inspired way to look at how people eat around the world. The authors visit families around the world, spend some time getting to know who they are and what they do. Then have them gather together a week's worth of food for the photograph. The comparison between the poorest African countries with their bowls of grain, and Western diets is astonishing. The book also makes an interesting comparison between countries where all the food is fresh and from local markets, and those where the supermarket with its tonnes of packaging is the norm. A fantastic idea and a book well worth owning if you are interested in food.
on 2 June 2013
I saw an excerpt from this book in a national newspaper and immediately wanted to buy it. I have not been disappointed. It is a unique and fascinating concept-the author takes random families from around the globe and photographs them with their weekly food shopping. If you are interested in food, travel and people then you must buy this book. Not only does it have many large beautiful colour photographs but it is a good read too. With each family that they stayed with in the book we learn a little about them and their lives, their struggles and get a recipe that they make with regularity. It is an eye opener, to see the amount of money spent in western countries on food, mainly processed, and to compare it with the meagre rations of the refugees in Chad. A beautiful coffee table book aswell as a very interesting read.