Different Foods People Eat Around The World

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The different foods people eat around the world are endlessly fascinating.

We’re curious about the way people eat and which customs are taboo, and what people consider “healthy eating.” We want to know what kids are eating for lunch and what governments are feeding their soldiers.

Photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio have satiated our curiosity in a new way, breaking down what individuals from all over the world eat in one day. In “What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets,” Menzel and D’Aluisio document a stunning array of individuals’ daily sustenance. The subjects of ‘What I Eat’ run the gamut from a coal miner and a call center operator to a sumo wrestler.

The book is arranged by the number of calories each individual consumes. Context from D’Aluisio accompanies each portrait, and essays from food experts such as Michael Pollan appear throughout the book.

On choosing to lay out food consumption at the individual level, Menzel said: “I want people to understand their own diets better — and their own chemistry and their own biology. And make better decisions for themselves.”

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