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What the world eats
What the world eats
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, [2008]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 x 29 cm
Target Audience:
1150 L
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009.
World on a plate -- Australia. The Browns -- Bhutan. The Namgays -- Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Dudos -- Photo gallery : Kitchens -- The numbers : Total population, urban population ; Area in square miles, population density -- Chad. The Aboubakars ; The Mustaphas -- China. The Dongs ; The Cuis -- Photo gallery : Fast food -- The numbers : McDonald's restaurants, Big Mac price ; Overweight population, obese population -- Ecuador. The Aymes -- Egypt. The Ahmeds -- France. The Le Moines -- Great Britain. The Baintons -- Photo gallery : Street food -- The numbers : Annual meat consumption, available daily caloric intake -- Greenland. The Madsens -- Guatemala. The Mendozas -- India. The Patkars -- Japan. the Ukitas -- Photo gallery : Fish -- The numbers : Life expectancy, access to safe water -- Kuwait. The Al Haggans -- Mali. The Natomos -- Mexico. The Casaleses -- Mongolia. The Batsuuris -- Philippines. The Cabañas -- Photo gallery : Meals -- The numbers : Literacy rate, fertility rate -- Poland. The Sobczynscy -- Turkey. The Çeliks -- United States. The Cavens ; The Revises ; The Fernandezes.
This volume visits 25 families in 21 countries around the world. Each family is photographed surrounded by a week's worth of food and groceries, which the authors use as a way of investigating not only different cultures' diets and standard of living but also the impact of globalization -- why doesn't abundance bring better health, instead of increased occurrences of diabetes and similar diseases? The main narrative presents friendly, multigenerational portraits of each family, with meals and food preparation an avenue toward understanding their hopes and struggles. A wealth of supporting information -- color photographs, family recipes, maps, sidebars, etc. -- surrounds the text and implies questions about global food supplies.
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