The Dulcinea sent this link to me earlier - "What the World Eats
. It's an online gallery featuring photos by Peter Menzel from his book Hungry Planet
. The photos show a family with the food they consume over a week. Here's what stuck out for me:
1) The processed foods that families in industrialized nations ate compared to vast amount of fresh vegetables and fruit that other families consumed.
2) Having just written about Medieval cooking
, I can see many items that people have been eating for centuries. Bread, it seems, will never go out of style.
Also note the beer and wine in the German family's diet:
This , I think, says a couple things. Firstly and the most obvious is that German people love beer. Back in the Middle Ages in Western Europe, everyone drank beer - men, women, and children. Beer was potable whereas most water sources were not. Secondly, it reminded me of an attitude not commonly held here in the States, namely, that beer is food. It ain't called liquid bread for nothin'. If you're a youngin' like me, ask your grandparents if they remember the days when Schlitz advertised the vitamin content
of their beer.