Around the World in 80 Diets

I have a stunning new coffee table book, “What I Eat, Around the World in 80 Diets”.  Menzel and D’Aluisio, husband and wife, co-author this book which would make a great gift for your favorite dietitian, psychologist, health educator, sociologist, cartographer, cook…well you get the picture.

The book is organized by calories consumed on a single day beginning with the 800 calorie day of the Kenyan Maasai herder to the 12,300 calories eaten by “The Snacker Mom” in Great Britain. Many of the foods are pictured and I’d bet there are many you’ve not seen before like the alysh described as a “thick, congealed grain porridge” consumed in Chad or tsamtuk which is “butter tea and toasted barley flour soup” eaten by a Tibetan monk in his 4900 calorie/day diet or the tucuma, a fruit eaten in Brazil.

Brazilian Tucuma

You will recognize the KFC crispy chicken sandwich eaten but perhaps the location will stump you – the Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce – the consumer works at the Hello Kitty kiosk, so perhaps her food choice isn’t that much of a surprise. A picture of Joey Chestnut, the world record holder in hot dog eating is also included.

If you’d like a different kind of conversation at your dinner table, this book would be an endless source of ideas from farming practices to native dress to sumo wrestlers to religion. It would be awfully fun to be serving some “foreign” food at the same time. (No, French fries don’t count.)  Be adventuresome with your diet to,
Be well,

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  1. Julianne says:

    Holy smokes! 12,300 calories a day? Something tells me the Snacker Mom should try the herding gig, too. And maybe share a few snacks with the Kenyan. Fascinating stuff.

  2. Tawanda Kanhema says:

    Thanks for the great post. Please check http://facebook.com/whatieat for a high resolution cover image of What I Eat.

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