What the World Eats

A while back, Time Magazine had a really interesting photo essay based on Peter Menzel’s book Hungry Planet: What the World Eat.

I thought I would share it here because I thought it was extremely interesting.  It shows 15 families around the world with a week’s worth of food spread out on their table.

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In my opinion, some of the most interesting parts of this photo essay were:

1. The amounts of food and quality of food.  Certain countries/cultures had more fresh produce than others, as well as the most obvious… different quantities of food.

2.  Take note of the living space.  Most of the pictures are taken where the family eats.  It’s interesting to try to guess how people experience food based on their environment. Who has a TV in the room?  Who has a table?  I think a lot of this is also based on income but still kind of interesting to think about.

3.  The family unit.  Not necessarily food related, but it’s interesting to see what different cultures consider to be the immediate family.

I should also say that I understand that this is by no means representative of countries or cultures.  Every household is different but I think it’s useful to get a glimpse into the way other people live and eat.

Any other thoughts?

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Busy Day

Today is one of those busy days.  I got up at 6am and made it to a 6:30 spin class, which was great!  Then I came home and made breakfast and lunch.  I knew I had a 9am group meeting so I took my breakfast to go.

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I made some oats in a jar (1/2 cup oats, 1 banana, cinnamon, fage and probably about a tbsp of pb).  Luckily I was pretty much done with this peanut butter because it turned out to be a great way to transport my breakfast.

Lunch is also ready to go.  I combined some left over roasted tofu, eggplant, and zucchini from dinner two nights ago with some left over spaghetti squash and pasta sauce to make a great combination (hopefully… I haven’t tried it yet)

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I don’t plan on being home until late tonight so I packed snacks too (an apple and a Kashi bar)

If I don’t pack snacks, I know I’ll eat junk the rest of the night.  Some people get drunk and make bad decisions, I get hungry and make bad decisions!

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Have a great day!

Welcome to Foodologie!

I read a lot of blogs, mostly, about health and fitness.  The past few months I’ve been mulling over the idea of starting my own blog, so I did.  I moved from California to upstate NY for grad school and started my personal blog.  Then I realized my blog was becoming somewhat of a food blog.

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Then while talking to the lovely fella (the boyfriend whom from now on will be referred to as such), he suggested I write a blog about food.  But there are already a million and five food blogs out there.  What can I possibly write to make mine different from others?

Why not write about what I like, know and would like to know more about: food. By food I don’t simply mean just what I eat, rather everything about food: food consumption (my own and that of others), cooking, food policy, food politics, food production, etc.   So that’s what I’m going to do.

I hope you find this interesting and exciting.  Feel free to e-mail me(foodologie00@gmail.com) if there’s anything you’d like to hear more about (I’d be happy to research if I don’t know about the topic!).