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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats Paperback – September 1, 2007
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We soon learn that diet is determined by largely uncontrollable forces like poverty, conflict and globalization, which can bring change with startling speed. Thus cultures can move--sometimes in a single jump--from traditional diets to the vexed plenty of global-food production. People have more to eat and, too often, eat more of nutritionally questionable food. Their health suffers.
Because the book makes many of its points through the eye, we see--and feel--more than we might otherwise. Issues that influence how the families are nourished (or not) are made more immediate. Quietly, the book reveals the intersection of nutrition and politics, of the particular and universal. It's a wonderful and worthy feat. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Menzel and D'Alusio were also keen to write personal experiences in the countries they visited- the shock of seeing Ramen noodles in Papua New Guinea, or eating dugo (my aunt's personal favorite) congealed swine blood in Manilla. Their facts, and photography, along with their personal experiences opened my awareness to many different cultures as did the first 4 books that they have collaborated on before this.
Well done once again
doing the book was an amazing and lucky experience. You really never understand how much food you really eat until it's ALL layed out on your kitchen counter.
Faith's writing makes you feel like you really got to know the families and manages to give us the essence of their lives in a few pages. Pete's pictures make you feel like you went along on the trip with them. I specially liked the recipes for the different foods that are included in the book as well as Peter's field notes which are most revealing and make the book all the more intimate.
What I find most amazing is that our four children (ages 19 through 11) have been fascinated by the book just as much as by the Material World book. I think the format is very appealing to young readers because it is full of tidbits of information that let's us compare our own food choices to those of the rest of the world.
If we could all come away with just one lesson learned from this book, it would be "hara hachi bu", like the Okinawans say, "eat until you are 80% full".
Hungry Planet is an informative and entertaining book, it will make for a good gift for everyone in your Christmas list!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well done. Using in my classroom to show the children how other cultures live.Published 15 days ago by Michelle Breuker
Great book. Needed it for school and it was very eye opening to different world cultures and their diets. It doubles as a kind of cookbook. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joshua Maly
This book is very interesting. It shows pictures from all over the world and what a typical family in that country eats in one week. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kailey
I read this book because it was a required text in one of his college classes. I found it a fabulous read, full of information both about people and places. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ndmbell
This should be required reading for everyone in the industrialized world.Published 5 months ago by Margaret Hooper