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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Material World (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984074422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984074426
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. For their enormously successful Material World, photojournalist Menzel and writer D'Aluisio traveled the world photographing average people's worldly possessions. In 2000, they began research for this book on the world's eating habits, visiting some 30 families in 24 countries. Each family was asked to purchase—at the authors' expense—a typical week's groceries, which were artfully arrayed—whether sacks of grain and potatoes and overripe bananas, or rows of packaged cereals, sodas and take-out pizzas—for a full-page family portrait. This is followed by a detailed listing of the goods, broken down by food groups and expenditures, then a more general discussion of how the food is raised and used, illustrated with a variety of photos and a family recipe. A sidebar of facts relevant to each country's eating habits (e.g., the cost of Big Macs, average cigarette use, obesity rates) invites armchair theorizing. While the photos are extraordinary—fine enough for a stand-alone volume—it's the questions these photos ask that make this volume so gripping. After considering the Darfur mother with five children living on $1.44 a week in a refugee camp in Chad, then the German family of four spending $494.19, and a host of families in between, we may think about food in a whole new light. This is a beautiful, quietly provocative volume. (Nov.)
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PETER MENZEL and FAITH D'ALUISIO are the co-creators of the books Material World: A Global Family Portrait and Women in the Material World. They are also the co-authors of Man Eating Bugs and Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species. They live in Napa, California, and are the parents of Josh, Jack, Adam, and Evan.


PETER MENZEL and FAITH D'ALUISIO are the co-creators of the books Material World: A Global Family Portrait and Women in the Material World. They are also the co-authors of Man Eating Bugs and Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species. They live in Napa, California, and are the parents of Josh, Jack, Adam, and Evan.


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I love all of the information that is packed into this book, delivered through the text and the beautiful photographs. The concept is so straightforward and simple - a single photograph comparing one week's worth of food for families around the world - but the resulting images are so very rich and telling, it's impossible not to keep coming back to them again and again.
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Quite a great experience looking at all those tables from around the world. Very informative and a nice virtual travel around the world.
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Low price, shipping fast! This book is very interesting, the pictures are amazing! It's like to live with those people!
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I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! Interesting read
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I purchased Hungry Planet because I saw it on the table in the staff room at work. I read through the book then bought it from Amazon for my mother in law who loves to read. Ever since I have brought her the book everyone that visits her even reads it and can't put it down.
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