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October 10, 2011 1:53 PM   Subscribe

Some photos of what individuals and families around the world eat.
posted by reenum (38 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
My girlfriend and I went down to Massachusetts to babysit her little sister for a week, and the food in the kitchen was exactly like what the Revis family from North Carolina had.

We didn't know what to do with it- there weren't any actual ingredients, just lots of processed, ready-to-eat stuff. Her little sister informed us she would be eating Eggo waffles before school, and insisted on having Kraft mac and cheese for dinner instead of the stir-fry we'd made. I didn't think people actually lived like that.
posted by dunkadunc at 2:04 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Is there another link or a mirror to the "Individuals" site? The photos aren't loading for some reason.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:08 PM on October 10, 2011


They're loading for me. I wonder what the issue could be.
posted by reenum at 2:12 PM on October 10, 2011


The photo of the Chadian family in the middle link is heartbreaking, especially when comparing the amount of money spent on food compared to all of the others.
posted by robstercraw at 2:13 PM on October 10, 2011


My god, what is that Tibetan monk doing to be 5'5" and 158 lbs at 45 years old and 5000 calories a day?! Seriously; those numbers are insane. They should sell Tibetan monk exercise books or something.
posted by mr_roboto at 2:13 PM on October 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


My god, what is that Tibetan monk doing to be 5'5" and 158 lbs at 45 years old and 5000 calories a day?!

Shivering.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 2:16 PM on October 10, 2011 [17 favorites]


Previously (on the "families" part).
posted by AwkwardPause at 2:16 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


4. Italy - $260 a week for food

That's $260 worth of goodness right there.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:19 PM on October 10, 2011


The second two links are both scans of photos from the same book?

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. Peter Menzel (Author), Faith D'Aluisio (Author)
posted by GuyZero at 2:19 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


My god, what is that Tibetan monk doing to be 5'5" and 158 lbs at 45 years old and 5000 calories a day?!

Laundry, mostly.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:21 PM on October 10, 2011


Makes me want to send those folks from Chad a pizza or something.

And I'm not being a smartass!

You realize that with all the meat and cheese on a supreme pizza you have more protein and fat in one meal than they eat all week?
posted by BlueHorse at 2:36 PM on October 10, 2011


I believe the only thing that's new here is the first link. We've seen scans from Hungry Planet twice before.
posted by jocelmeow at 2:43 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can I live with that Italian family please?
posted by The Whelk at 2:51 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


These pictures are fascinating to me. The process of going to the grocery store and making good purchases and then following through by preparing and eating the food in good ways has always been a mystery to me. It's interesting to see how people accomplish it around the world. I wish the photos were higher resolution though.

When I used to babysit and see what other people had in their pantries I felt like I was on an anthropological mission to some alien planet but it was weird because it was all stuff I recognized but would never think to buy.
posted by bleep at 3:00 PM on October 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Can I live with that Italian family please?

I'd happily go with Mexico, Kuwait & Egypt also (although I am wary that the green stuff up front of the Egyptian photo might be molokkhia).

Bhutan makes me want to go to Bhutan even more than before, if that's possible.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:10 PM on October 10, 2011


My god, what is that Tibetan monk doing to be 5'5" and 158 lbs at 45 years old and 5000 calories a day?!

Shivering.


Or tummo, which I've always understood to be pretty much the exact same thing.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:15 PM on October 10, 2011


I love how orderly the German family's table is.
posted by polywomp at 3:24 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I'm feeling pretty disgusted with myself for whining about how hard it is for me to lose ten pounds.

That said, it's really interesting to see what other cultures are eating.
posted by Specklet at 3:45 PM on October 10, 2011


I guess you can't take pictures of a rural or poor family in a country without someone else in that country feeling stereotyped and taking offense.

I just hope that the "everyday" Ecuadorians in the third link's comments section still wear badass hats, and enjoy hella plantains.
posted by jake at 3:51 PM on October 10, 2011


Surely the raison d'ĂȘtre of Twitter is to disseminate photos of what people are eating throughout the world right now?
posted by benzo8 at 4:36 PM on October 10, 2011


Mexicans sure love the Cocacola!
posted by Renoroc at 4:42 PM on October 10, 2011


America! America! Pre-processed food for thee...
...
And something... shopping spree!
posted by symbioid at 4:49 PM on October 10, 2011


Double, on linkspammy websites
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 4:51 PM on October 10, 2011


The japanese family 'win' the packaging war.

The mexican family look to have the best variety and healthy diet.
posted by wilful at 4:56 PM on October 10, 2011


I like looking at the composition of protein vs carbohydrates depending on the different cultures.
posted by mitrieD at 5:56 PM on October 10, 2011


The post notes the difference between the NC and Cali families' expenditures (NC family spends around twice as much) and attributes it to geography, but I bet it's because the NC family has two teenaged boys.

packaged food notwithstanding
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:53 PM on October 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, I noticed that too, Eyebrows McGee. Two toddlers could have lived for a month on what my teenaged brother could eat in a sitting.
posted by Jilder at 8:01 PM on October 10, 2011


As noted, some of the caloric intakes seem off to me.

Then again, herding camels all day is probably quite a workout.
posted by bardic at 8:10 PM on October 10, 2011


The U.S. soldier with his MREs makes me wonder whether there are stories of soldiers discovering that the food being cooked and eaten around them in places like Iraq and Afghanistan is so, so much more nommable.
posted by zadcat at 8:59 PM on October 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Those international high calorie diets sure have a lot of buttery things!
(I would have been much happier if I had avoided the comments.)
posted by Glinn at 9:11 PM on October 10, 2011


The Ukita family from Japan - I have never seen so much food in packet form. It looks like the entire floor in front of the table is carpeted in packets.
posted by IndigoRain at 1:59 AM on October 11, 2011


But I want to know what everything in those pictures are. :< Does the book do that for me?

Also---in Tibet you can drink butter tea?! Sign me up, monkface.
posted by TheRedArmy at 8:48 AM on October 11, 2011


I love butter. I love tea. Butter tea... perhaps it's an acquired taste.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:01 AM on October 11, 2011


I believe it is yak butter tea...

Also, I love the tv in the Japanese one.
posted by sweetmarie at 2:08 PM on October 11, 2011


There's a Tibetan restaurant in Toronto that serves butter tea. I'm not sure if they're doing it wrong or if it's horrible. But it was not as awesome as you might hope.
posted by GuyZero at 2:11 PM on October 11, 2011


No, it's horrible.
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:19 PM on October 11, 2011


I know the German family! The son and I were in the same Scouting organization when I was an exchange student there.
posted by naturalog at 2:34 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


The butter tea at a Montreal Tibetan resto is also horrible. I am told it's not so bad if you're working hard all day at high altitudes.
posted by zadcat at 6:16 PM on October 13, 2011


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