Hungry Planet

Hungry Planet

by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

Libri, 2007, 287 pages, $24.95

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A pick-your-flavor tour of the planet’s cuisines is one of the many delights of Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio’s latest book, Hungry Planet, a survey of global food choices. Photographer and journalist traveled to 24 countries to pose families with a week’s worth of food. Results reveal a global food chain of processed food binding people almost everywhere. Menzel’s photos encourage disquieting realizations (the universality of Coca-Cola, for example) and some surprising insights (Europeans eat as much packaged foods as Americans, and everyone on earth enjoys a good banana). Deft reporting by D’Aluisio explores complex issues such as the global obesity epidemic. Like any good travelogue, Hungry Planet is most important not for what it illustrates about other people but for what it tells us about ourselves. Perhaps this book will get Americans to look more closely at what’s on our own plates.

Jason Mark wrote this review as part of the 10 Most Hopeful Trends, the Spring 2006 issue of YES! Magazine.

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