What the World Eats

February 16, 2009

what-the-world-eats1A fascinating book on how and what families around the world eat came out a year or so ago that anyone interested in food should check out.

Author Faith D’Aluisio and photographer Peter Menzel take you on an eye-opening journey in What the World Eats, an around the world, photographic tour of families surrounded by the food from their weekly meals. Page by page you see the way meats dominate some cultures while other families are surrounded by colorful fruits and vegetables. Interspersed between the family narratives are charts and graphs adding statistical background to the personal stories. For instance just after reading charts on population density and the dominance of urban populations in the world, the reader can learn about the Aboubakar family’s effort to provide nourishing meals in a refugee camp in Chad. Photo galleries comparing common themes of food such as kitchens, street food and fast food are also sprinkled about in striking juxtapositions. A few recipes are available. If I have one criticism, it’s that there are not more recipes.

For more information, see Time’s photo exhibit at http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519,00.html

Or listen to an interview with D’Aluisio and Menzel on NPR at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5005952

Or even better, visit the book’s web site and order the book for yourself – http://www.whattheworldeats.com/index.htm


Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project

February 9, 2009

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If you haven’t seen this yet…

Michigan State University Library has partnered with MSU Museum, to put together a nice online collection of 18th and 20th century cookbooks.  Many different styles of cuisine are represented: Creole, Old South, French, New England; to just name a few.  The titles can be accessed both online and as PDF.  If anyone tries these recipes, let us know how it goes!

Author: Kenton