Hungry Planet : What the World Eats, Hardback

Hungry Planet : What the World Eats Hardback

4 out of 5 (5 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288 pages, col
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9781580086813



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Thirty families in twenty-four countries spread a weeks worth of food on a table and pose for a picture, followed by a few pages about the family and their shopping and eating habits, sort of like a National Geographic article with one article (chapter) per family. It includes very specific shopping lists of every food item, family recipes and pictures of the family in their daily lives, usually involved with cooking or shopping. The authors of the book are Californian organic eaters so they are sensitive to the health aspects, in particular noting fast food purchases and per-country obesity rates.

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A great picture book! Lots of factoids and statistics about food consumption around the world.

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Menzel has traveled the world, picking a family to represent a country. He then photographed the family at their home with a week's supply of food. Accompanying essays show how even in the most remote areas, homonization in food-stuff is taking place. Candy, American fast food, and non-essentials are showing up all over. It is a sobering reflection of the wealth of food available in parts of the world.

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eye opening, with gorgeous photos and interesting commentary.

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Although I didn't get to finish this book, I gave it four stars for concept. The parts I was able to read and the pictures I looked at were informative and fascinating. The physical format of the book was a problem for me. It is so large and heavy that I would have had to sit at a desk or table to read it; and the glossy paper made necessary by the color photo reproduction made it hard to read. Also, some of the most interesting information was in rather small print in a shaded box, thus even harder to read. I can't even visualize how one would read this on an e-reader; a website seems like the best option. I would recommend it if you have good eyes and strong arms.