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WHAT PEOPLE EAT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DIETS

April 2nd, 2014 

What do People around the world eat on an average day? Photographer Peter Menzel and his wife Faith traveled to 30 countries, with camera and notebook in hand to shop, cook, and eat with a strikingly diverse range of people.

His Book “What i Eat: Around the world in 80 Diets” contains Portraits and essays of 80 individuals and the food that fuels them over the course of a single day. Including an Egyptian camel broker, a Japanese sumo wrestler, a Sudanese refugee in Chad, a Tibetan yak herder, a Bangladeshi factory seamstress, an Arctic hunter, an Indian Hindu sadhu, a Namibian diamond polisher, and a wounded Iraq war veteran.

Here is a small selection from his book..

Egypt

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Camel broker Saleh Abdul Fadlallah with his day’s worth of food at the Birqash Camel Market outside Cairo, Egypt. The caloric value of his day’s worth of food on a typical day in the month of April was 3200 kcals. He is 40 years of age; 5 feet, 8 inches tall; and 165 pounds

 

Germany

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Robina Weiser-Linnartz, a master baker and confectioner with her typical day’s worth of food in her parent’s bakery in Cologne, Germany. The caloric value of her day’s worth of food in March was 3700 kcals. She is 28 years of age; 5 feet, 6 inches tall; and 144 pounds. She’s wearing her Bread Queen sash and crown, which she dons whenever she appears at festivals, trade shows, and educational events, representing the baker’s guild of Germany’s greater Cologne region.

 

India

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Shashi Kanth, a call center worker, with his day’s worth of food in his office at the AOL call center in Bangalore, India. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) He is 23 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches; and 123 pounds. Like many of the thousands of call center workers in India, he relies on fast-food meals, candy bars, and coffee to sustain him through the long nights spent talking to Westerners about various technical questions and billing problems.

 

Botswana

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Tersius “Teri” Bezuidenhout, a long-haul trucker delayed by paperwork at the Botswana-Namibia border stands next to his truck with his typical day’s worth of road food. The caloric value of his day’s worth of food is 8400 kcals. He is 25 years of age.

 

Spain

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Oscar Higares, a professional bullfighter, with his typical day’s worth of food in the bullring in Miraflores De La Sierra, Spain, on a training day.  The caloric value of his typical day’s worth of food in the month of April was 4,200 kcals. He is 34 years old.

 

U.S.A

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Curtis Newcomer, a U.S. Army soldier, with his typical day’s worth of food at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California’s Mojave Desert. The caloric value of his day’s worth of food in the month of September was 4,000 kcals. He is 20 years old.

 

U.S.A

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The Long Haul Trucker Conrad Tolby, an American long-distance truck driver, photographed with a typical day’s worth of food on the cab hood of his semi tractor trailer at the Flying J truck stop in Effingham, Illinois.

 

U.S.A

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Mariel Booth, a professional model and New York University student, at the Ten Ton Studio in Brooklyn with her typical day’s worth of food. The caloric value of her day’s worth of food on a day in the month of October was 2400 kcals. She is 23 years of age.

 

Venezuela

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Katherine Navas, a high school student, on the roof of her family’s home in a barrio in Caracas, Venezuela with her typical day’s worth of food. The caloric value of her typical day’s worth of food in the month of November was 4,000 kcals. She is 18 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; and 157 pounds

 

Venezuela

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Oswaldo Gutierrez, Chief of the PDVSA Oil Platform GP 19 in Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela with his typical day’s worth of food. The caloric value of his day’s worth of food on a day in December was 6000 kcals. He is 52 years of age; 5 feet, 7 inches tall; and 220 pounds. Gutierrez works on the platform for seven days then is off at home for seven days.

 

Vietnam

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Nguyên Van Thuan, a war veteran, with his wife in their studio apartment with his typical day’s worth of food.

 

Yemen

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Saada Haidar, a housewife, with her typical day’s worth of food at her home in the city of Sanaa, Yemen. The caloric value of her day’s worth of food in the month of April was 2700 kcals. She is 27 years of age; 4 feet, 11 inches tall; and 98 pounds. In public, Saada and most Yemeni women cover themselves for modesty, in accordance with tradition.

 

Australia

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Bruce Hopkins, a Bondi Beach lifeguard, with his typical day’s worth of food in Sydney, New South Whales, Australia. The caloric value of his day’s worth of food on a typical day in the month of February was 3700 kcals. He is 35 years of age; 6 feet tall, and 180 pounds. Hopkins eats moderately – rarely, if ever – eats fast food, and drinks alcohol only when he and his wife go to dinner with friends.

 

Bangladesh

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Shahnaz Begum, a mother of four, outside her home with her microloan-financed cows and her typical day’s worth of food outside her home in the village of Bari Majlish, an hour outside Dhaka.

 

Brazil

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Solange Da Silva Correia, a rancher’s wife, with family members in their house overlooking the Solimoes River, with her typical day’s worth of food. The caloric value of her day’s worth of food on a typical day in the month of November was 3400 kcals. She is 49 years of age

 

China

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Xu Zhipeng, a freelance computer graphics artist and Internet gamer, with his typical day’s worth of food in his rented chair at the Ming Wang Internet Café in Shanghai, China. The caloric value of his day’s worth of food in June was 1600 kcals. He is 23 years of age

 

China

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Chen Zhen, a university student, with her typical day’s worth of food on Nanjing East Road in Shanghai, China. The caloric value of her typical day’s worth of food in June was 2600 kcals. She is 20 years of age

 

Ecuador

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Maria Ermelinda Ayme Sichigalo, a farmer and mother of eight with her typical day’s worth of food in her adobe kitchen house in Tingo village, central Andes, Ecuador. The caloric value of her typical day’s worth of food in the month of September was 3800 kcals. She is 37 years of age

image credits: MenzelPhoto

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