They asked each family to go shopping a buy a normal week’s worth of food. The last photo gives some food for thought…

Peter Menzel and his wife, a writer, Faith D’Aluision decided to see how average families from all over the world feed themselves and how much they spend per week. They prepared a travel album called “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”.

The adventure began in 2006.  Since then, they illustrated the eating habits of 30 families in 24 different countries. They asked each of them to go shopping and buy a typical week’s worth of food. The purchases were paid for by the authors. Then the couple took a family picture in the background of the products.

In these photos you can see not only cultural but also economic differences between countries. The couple watched people teetering between poverty, expensive food, and fast-food. The album undoubtedly allows us to start to see food in a whole new light.




1. The Melander family of Bargteheide (Germany)

Food for a 4-person family, cost: $ 500.07
They asked each family to go shopping a buy a normal week’s worth of food. The last photo gives some food for thought… 2




2. The Kutten-Kass family from Erpeldange (Luxembourg)

Products for a family of 4, cost: $ 465.84
They asked each family to go shopping a buy a normal week’s worth of food. The last photo gives some food for thought… 3




3. The Le Moine family from Paris (France)

Food for 4 people, cost: $ 419.95

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