How much does the average family eat? The answer to that question depends, of course, upon the significance of place. There’s an impressive photo essay available here providing a visual representation of how global diets vary.

It is based on a book by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio , Hungry Planet: What The World Eats, dedicated to revealing global differences in the diets of people in different countries. According to the book description the book is:

a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week. Each family ’s profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases; photographs of the family at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. To assemble this remarkable comparison, photojournalist Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio traveled to 24 countries and visited 30 families from Bhutan and Bosnia to Mexico and Mongolia.

NPR has produced a radio broadcast and a page with profiles of some of the families diets, both available here. Menzel has his own site here with a list of really interesting related article links available here.