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How the World Eats

Saturday night we spent going over the bid list: researching, ranking and rearranging.  Some of the countries we ranked high at first glance have moved lower as we learned more about the city itself, or how hard it would be for me to find work.  Others that we wrote off initially have moved up as we read surprisingly good reviews of embassy life, or considered how strategic of a place it might be career-wise for both of us.  One place we’re consulting for information is

A factor that we haven’t explicitly taken into account in our raking, but is always present somewhere in the back of our minds, is food. The local cuisine won’t make or break a post, but it sure goes a long way in helping you enjoy life.  I love these pictures from the book Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel.  He has photographed families from all over the world with the food they eat in one week.  The pictures are highly stylized, but at the same time you feel like you’re getting a very personal peek into these families’ lives.

This one is my favorite and makes me want to move to Mexico, pronto! Plus that kid in the orange shirt needs some cheek pinching.


Germany: I think I count 21 bottles of beer and 4 bottles of wine. Wow.


Mongolia: What kind of meat do you think that is?


Egypt: “No, we just want your immediate family for the photo.”
“This IS my immediate family, my 3rd and 4th cousins are outside.”


Japan: I think that right before this picture, the girl on the left stole the bag of chips from her dad. Maybe that’s why he’s so dejected.


And finally, the USA. Is it just me, or are there a lot of florescent colors in this picture?


There are even more pictures here.  The setup of the photographs reminds me of these Pink and Blue  pictures by JeongMee Yoon. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rebecca #

    I’ve seen these pictures before, but your captions are hilarious! Totally agree about the Mexican kid – adorable!

    September 25, 2009
  2. Rebecca #

    PS. Pick Egypt! That’s a LOT of eggplant for one week – and eggplant’s great!

    September 25, 2009

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