Friday, May 23, 2008

yum, yum

The last few days I've been reading an extremely interesting book, called A Hungry Planet. Americans Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio visited families all over the world and asked them to spread out the groceries they need for one week and took photos of the food and the people who eat it. Countries ranged from Australia to Greenland, including a refugee camp in Chad and the Japanese island of Okinawa, where the unusually high number of centenarians is linked to the local food an overall healthy and stress-free life. The authors also asked each family for a special recipe and the reader get an insight in its daily routines and culinary culture. It's fascinating to see the different types of food, homegrown and shop-bought alike, and learn how big the difference in expediture between affluent developed nations and extremely poor Third World countries is.


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