Pedagogy: A Week’s Worth of Groceries
Photographer Peter Menzel’s book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats was published in 2007 but appears to be enjoying a popular resurgence in recent months, making the rounds on the blogosphere and being the subject of an exhibit at the Nobel Peace Center’s gallery until February.
The book photographs families from around the world with all the food they would consume in a normal week. It also includes some very basic data, such as how much the family spends on food each week and what the family’s favorite foods are.
For those of us to teach in food studies (broadly defined), the book provides a powerful starting point for class discussions on topics ranging from global inequality (contrasting, for example, the family from Chad with the family from Germany) to globalization (by looking for familiar products consumed by families around the world) and the ubiquity of Coca-Cola. However you approach the topic, the book is definitely worth having a look at.