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Photojournalist Peter Menzel is known for photographing international feature stories on science and the environment. In his earlier years, Peter worked for National Geographic. He has received a number of World Press Photo and Picture of the Year awards. Husband-and-wife team Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, from California, traveled the world documenting that most basic of human behaviors — what we eat. Their project, “Hungry Planet,” depicts everything that an average family consumes in a given week–and what it costs — laid out in thought-provoking detail. Together they received the James Beard Foundation Award in 1999 for Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food, for Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects. In 2005 the James Beard Foundation awarded their book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats Best Book of the Year and Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food.

In Hungry Planet, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week. Each family’s profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases; photographs of the family at home, at market, and in their community; and a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries.

To assemble this remarkable comparison, Menzel and D’Aluisio traveled to twenty-four countries and visited thirty families from Bhutan and Bosnia to Mexico and Mongolia. Accompanied by an insightful foreword by Marion Nestle, and provocative essays from Alfred W. Crosby, Francine R. Kaufman, Corby Kummer, Charles C. Mann, Michael Pollan, and Carl Safina, the result of this journey is a 30-course documentary feast: captivating, infuriating, and altogether fascinating.

United States, Texas

The Fernandezes family spends around $242 per week.

The Fernandezes family spends around $242 per week.

Mexico, Cuernavaca

The Casales family spends around $189 per week.

The Casales family spends around $189 per week.

Ecuador, Tingo

The Ayme family spends around $32 per week.

The Ayme family spends around $32 per week.

Canada, Iqaluit

The Melanson family spends around $392 per week.

The Melanson family spends around $392 per week.

Italy, Palermo

The Manzo family spends around $295 per week.

The Manzo family spends around $295 per week.

Cuba, Havana

The Costa family spends around $64 per week.

The Costa family spends around $64 per week.

China, Weitaiwu

The Cui family spends around $65 per week.

The Cui family spends around $65 per week.

Kuwait, Kuwait City

The Al-Haggan family spends around $252 per week.

The Al-Haggan family spends around $252 per week.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

The Dudo family spends around $90 per week.

The Dudo family spends around $90 per week.

Australia, Riverview

The Brown family spends around $428 per week.

The Brown family spends around $428 per week.

Germany, Bargteheide

The Melander family spends around $568 per week.

The Melander family spends around $568 per week.

Japan, Kodaira City

The Ukita family spends around $361 per week.

The Ukita family spends around $361 per week.