Sunday, 23 November 2008

What The World Eats

My father's words, in memory : "The amount a person can eat, clothes can wear and how long he/she can live is destined".

I ran through the old forwarded emails and found something interesting which I'm going to share here. 15 family potraits in different homes around the globe (2007) with a week's worth of food. I've arranged them by their budgets. These photographs are taken by Peter Menzel from his book "Hungry Planet" :)

Germany : The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros ($500.07)
Favorite foods: fried potatoes with onions, bacon and herring,
fried noodles with eggs and cheese, pizza, vanilla pudding


United States : The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week : $341.98
Favorite foods : spaghetti, potatoes, sesame chicken

Japan : The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week : 37,699 Yen ($317.25)
Favorite foods : sashimi, fruit, cake, potato chips

Italy : The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week : 214.36 Euros ($260.11)
Favorite foods: fish, pasta with ragu, hot dogs, frozen fish sticks

Great Britain : The Bainton family of Cllingbourne Ducis
Food expenditure for one week : 155.54 British Pounds ($253.15)
Favorite foods: avocado, mayonnaise sandwich,
prawn cocktail, chocolate fudge cake with cream


Kuwait : The Al Haggan family of Kuwait City
Food expenditure for one week : 63.63 dinar ($221.45)
Family recipe: Chicken biryani with basmati rice

Mexico : The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos ($189.09)
Favorite foods: pizza, crab, pasta, chicken

United States : The Caven family of California
Food expenditure for one week : $159.18
Favorite foods: beef stew, berry yogurt sundae,
clam chowder, ice cream

China : The Dong family of Beijing
Food expenditure for one week : 1,233.76 Yuan ($155.06)
Favorite foods: fried shredded pork with sweet and sour sauce

Poland : The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week : 582.48 Zlotys ($151.27)
Family recipe : Pig's knuckles with carrots, celery and parsnips

Egypt : The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week : 387.85 Egyptian Pounds ($68.53)
Family recipe: Okra and mutton

Mongolia : The Batsuuri family of Ulaanbaatar
Food expenditure for one week: 41,985.85 togrogs ($40.02)
Family recipe: Mutton dumplings

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 ($5.03)
Family recipe: Mushroom, cheese and pork

Chad : The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week : 685 CFA Francs ($1.23)
Favorite foods : soup with fresh sheep meat

What an eye opener! I'm not really sure how much I spend in a week but my roughest estimation is about 1800pyb (if I cook daily on weekdays) plus eating out on weekends and Costa Coffee on Sundays.. I think the numbers might alternate somewhere between the families from China and Poland LOL

Why not run the slides of What The World Eats - Part 2.

4 comments:

wicrap said...

oo..i saw this before. :)

eh? when i was in moscow , eating out 2 times already cost me 1000rub.
U have underestimated ur spending..

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

Hahahahaa I'm making myself feel better :P

女兵 said...

wow,can't believe Bhutan ppl spend so little for food.

Gorgeous Ol' Eve Loves Vanilla. You? said...

I believe Germans spend $500+ per week for their food! Crazy.