How would a week’s worth of your groceries compare to that of a family in Germany, Italy, Mexico or another country? We’re willing to bet your pile would contain less booze than Germany’s, less bread than Italy’s and less fruit than Mexico’s.
Or at least that’s what the book “Hungry Planet” would have us believe. Reddit alerted us to a series in the book called “What the World Eats,” which illustrates food trends among various countries around the world through photos of 30 families’ weekly groceries.
The series, which was recently covered by Time magazine, uses photos by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, and includes the cost of weekly groceries for each family and their favorite foods. Some of the differences are staggering: Great Britain spent $253.15 in a week, while Chad spent $1.23; a family from Poland listed “pig’s knuckles with carrots, celery and parsnips” as their favorite food, while a California family lists “berry yogurt sundae.” But the similarities are interesting too: Soda makes an appearance in almost all of the developed countries, and pizza is universally loved.
The series really puts our own food habits into perspective. Don’t feel like eating leftovers? Take a look at Chad’s week of meal ingredients and think again.