Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Around the World in 80 Diets....

This visually stunning book takes us around the world in 80 diets. The chapters are arranged by how many calories a certain diet consists of, along with a picture of the eater and a brief biography. Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio couldn't have chosen better subjects for their book--everything from a calorie restrictor to a citrus grower to a trucker are represented. What is ultimately most interesting is seeing the size of the person in comparison to the type of diets they eat. Those "bingers" you assume would be large, are often not, and people on restrictive diets are often more "normal" or even "plump" looking. I really want this book for my coffee table. While the pictures and the life stories keep you enthralled, the exotic foods and their packaging keep you loving the thrill of food and its ability to entice--around the world.

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