Eat this!

Blundering around the interweb thingy the other day I came across this diverting post on about:blank (always a good place to waste one’s time). The pictures below are from a book entitled Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. The authors visited 30 average families in 24 diverse countries and took photos of the food they ate on a weekly basis. Great idea for a book; especially great idea to get someone to pay you to travel around the world taking pictures.

Nice insights into eating habits and all sorts of accidental background things:

Nice table-full of fresh fruit and veg. I’m assuming the flowers are not to be consumed (a cynical person might suggest that they were added to fill the spread out a bit, but I am not that person). I’m also assuming the dog food is for a non-pictured dog and not to supplement the diet of great-grandma in the next room. I’m surprised there aren’t more bottles of water or cartons of juice; most Poles I know get through both at an alarming rate.


What a hideous bunch! And what a hideous room! An awful lot of packaging there too. Note that, being British, the dog is included as a member of the family (although the cat isn’t). One bottle of wine? Hmmm, I thought they were supposed to be average.


Is it just me or is the food laid out in a far more organized way here than in the others? Far be it from me to imply any kind of national stereotype that might explain this. At least they have the honesty to display their wine and beer.


United States
Holy brightly-colored-packaging Batman! Fresh fruit and veg almost completely absent. Those pizzas are making me hungry.


Contrast the whites and muted colors of the packaging here with the shouty ‘buy-me-now’ colors of the American table above. Note, everybody is sitting on the floor (not surprising) and the TV is on and included almost as a member of the family (the TV is ALWAYS on in a Japanese home).


Ooops… bit of a contrast.


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14 thoughts on “Eat this!

  1. guest says:

    really interesting !.thx

    ….the mediteranian and asian food is the best.

  2. scatts says:

    Nice examples.

    The Germans will have followed the instructions to the letter of course, hence all the drinks.

    The Brits, what an ugly bunch and so many sweets/chipsy/bad stuff! What is that decor? Some kind of suburban goth?

    Is it my eyes or are the Japs eating magazines? Perhaps lots of flat packed stuff like squashed dried sushi.

    States, so much junk, no wonder they are the obesity gold medallists.

    Sudan, not much, but probably more than many over there have and no doubt very healthy.

    Poland – good looking people with good looking food (apart from the evil devil juice – kefir) in a good looking room! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!

  3. zeb. says:

    I can’t find any potatoes on the Polish table!

    It should to be a lot of potatoes! We eat potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner:)

    And is there “schabowy z kapustą” somewhere there?

  4. island1 says:

    Guest: Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. island1 says:

    Zeb.: They must be there surely. Perhaps they were so obvious they didn’t even think to show them off.

  6. guest says:

    potatoes are above the girl’s head lying on the table. :D

  7. guest says:

    :D :D :D

  8. Pawel says:

    island2: thanks for that:) The Polish family does seem really typical (although I’d expect more meat, Poles love pork and chicken.)

    guest: omg, this is hilarious. I wonder where this British paranoia started? They don’t actually believe someone eats swans, do they? they are so hard to pluck! ;)))

  9. Jubal says:

    Pawel: it seems a typical Daily Mail article about immigrants; last time I’ve read about them, they tried to hire someone from East Europe to break British law. Oh well.

  10. mochafueled says:

    Island… dude I just coughed up a lung laughing so hard…. especially when I got to the Germans…

    dam now I am hungry again… happy snacks only did so much for me.

  11. island1 says:

    Pawel: ‘Island2’ who is this imposter!!

  12. island1 says:

    Mocha: Glad you enjoyed it, if losing a lung can be considered enjoyable :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    My comment there, and here again,

    So these guys went visiting rich families in some countries and refugee camps in others!! Beside the war tormented Darfur they should have gave us a shot of what Europian and American homeless and unemployed people eat in a week!!!! Or else should have visited a peaceful average Sudanese city and shared some honesty with us!!

    And more than 30,000 Japanese Yen a week on food!!! I live in Japan and we are a family of five, a Japanese family will eat all that in at least two weeks!!!

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