Food Porn Around the World

Cuba

Even the most cursory browse through Instagram, Tumblr or Flickr will quickly illustrate just how obsessed we humans are with food; how to cook it, how to eat it and, yep, how great your lunch can look online (with the right filter, of course). Photographer Peter Menzel has taken the documentation of food to a whole new and fascinating level and his photographs are currently enjoying some Internet notoriety.

The pics are from his 2005 book, Hungry Planet, in which Menzel and co-Author, Faith D’Aluisio, present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing just what people of different cultures eat during the course of one week. Each family’s profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases and a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. The book captures 30 Families across 24 Countries and 600 Meals.

Menzel’s obsession with food continues with his more recent 2011 release, What I Eat – Around the World in 80 Diets. This book contains portraits and essays of 80 individuals and the food that fuels them in a single day and saw the authors shop, cook and eat with 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.

Although what we eat has likely changed quite markedly since Hungry Planet was first published, the photos remain a fascinating insight into different cultures. Who doesn’t like checking out what other people have in their shopping trolley, fridge or pantry or underwear drawer?

And while we wouldn’t dream of generalising about an entire culture based on what one family has for breakfast, the Brits drink a lot of milk, the Mexicans prefer Coke and Australians still love their Winnie Blues!

All Photographs copyright Peter Menzel

Be first to comment

Current day month ye@r *