time.com ran a brilliant little photo essay recently called “what the world eats.” photographer peter menzel traveled the globe and shot pics of families in 15 or 16 cultural settings, posing in their home with all the food they would consume in an average week. then, below the photo, the text gives the family’s name and location, the dollar amount of their weekly food use, and a few of their favorite foods or a family recipe.
of course, the difference between the $1.23 per week food cost of the aboubakar family of breidjing camp and the $341.98 expenditure of the revis family of north carolina is striking — but it’s also predictable. the real beauty of this photo essay goes way beyond that obvious (but still useful) point. there’s all kinds of nuance here, all kinds of beauty, even lots of whimsy.
here are a few of my favorite pics from the series; but you really have to click through and see them all. these would be, by the way, a fantastic ministry tool in a church or youth group (or, shoot!, family) setting.
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27
Family recipe: Pig’s knuckles with carrots, celery and parsnips
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Family recipe: Potato soup with cabbage
Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Family recipe: Mushroom, cheese and pork
(ht to andy at think christian)