I received an e-mail today that is truly one of the most fascinating "global" e-mails I have received (in more ways than one). I do not know the original source of this photo essay but FixingthePlanet.com has a more extensive listing of photos and countries (and information) than I received (but they are not the original source). If any reader knows the source (and photographer), please let me know and I will credit it here.
Each family is pictured by size of family, diet of that country, and availability and cost of what is eaten in one week. Here is but one of many examples. As both a foodie and a voyeur as to the question of "what's in your pantry?" I find this an intriguing study.
Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
I wish I had time to post all of the photographs and captions but if you can, take the time to go to the link for a revealing look at what the world eats (and doesn't eat). It is interesting to compare food selection and diets between countries--whether it is by choice, custom, or availability. It is also not difficult to notice, by comparison, that "we are what we eat" or what we choose--or can afford--to eat.