|United States: The Revis family of North Carolina. Food expenditure for one week: $341.98. Favorite foods: spaghetti, potatoes, sesame chicken.|
|Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca. Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09. Favorite foods: pizza, crab, pasta, chicken.|
|China: The Dong family of Beijing. Food expenditure for one week: 1,233.76 Yuan or $155.06. Favorite foods: fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce.|
Their project, "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" is a book and a traveling photo essay; it depicts everything that an average family consumes in a given week–and what it costs in thought-provoking detail. The Nobel Peace Center gave viewers a peek into kitchens from Norway to Kuwait, and to raise awareness about how environments and cultures influence the cost and calories of the world’s dinners. (Time World)
|Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo. Food expenditure for one week: $31.55. Family recipe: Potato soup with cabbage.|
When did you last think about food? Probably not very long ago. People may come in all shapes and sizes, but we have one thing in common: we must have food to survive. But food is more than just fuel for the body. Food is identity, culture and an opportunity for social interaction.
Weekly menus through 13 yearsThis exhibition shows what families around the world eat in one week. While much is the same, there are also huge differences. Can you find the family that uses 175 teabags in a week? Where does the family that puts muskox and walrus on the dinner table live? Have you discovered many vegetables that you’ve never seen before? Who spends just over $1 a week on food, and who spends more than $700? Why do you think people eat the way they do?
The social aspect surrounding a shared meal is fundamental to human life and is common to all cultures. Our dinner table tells us something about our culture and about the basis of our existence. The food we eat reflects our identity, but meals can also bring people together across cultures. Today the whole world is our breadbasket. Food is transported by sea and road from all over the world, and our meals are becoming increasingly independent of seasons and of where we live.
The first family visited by photographer Peter Menzel and journalist Faith D’Alusio was the Çelik family from Turkey in January 2000. Since then the pair have interviewed and photographed families from all over the world. The last family to be photographed were the Sturms in Germany in June 2013.
|Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp. Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23. Favorite foods: soup with fresh sheep meat.|
I know the majority of Americans found the Seattle Seahawks' rout of the Denver Broncos to be a Super Bore, but it's always about much more than just the game. It's about friends, family, food and football...and maybe it's in that order.
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