• September 4, 2014

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

Pamela Chen
Matthieu Paley

These days, documenting our dinners for the Internet is a universal pastime: sharing your food means that you don’t dig into your plate until you’ve taken a picture of it with your phone and posted it to your social networks.

We embraced this form of photography for our story, “The Evolution of Diet” in the September issue of National Geographic magazine. Photographed by Matthieu Paley and written by Ann Gibbons, the story traces the food our ancestors ate to see what we could learn from them for feeding two billion more people by 2050.

Picture of a man holding an octopus next to a baby sleeping next to a pan of abalone
A Bajau fisherman clutches an octopus he speared after diving from his boat. A Bajau baby (right) naps by a pan of abalone that will be his family’s dinner.

What Matthieu and I learned in our story research is that early humans adapted to live off the land regardless of how harsh the environment they found themselves in. In our quest to find some of the oldest human diets that still exist today, Matthieu traveled through ice, jungle, savannah, mountains, sea and valley in order to show the inextricable link between the unique places we live, the resulting food we eat, and how diet shapes our culture. “Food is a great source of surprises. My stomach handled it all quite well,” he says. “The trouble was more dealing with the environment that comes with the food.”

Picture of a Tsimane man and an animal claw in the jungle of Bolivia
The Tsimane of Bolivia get most of their food from the river, the forest, or fields and gardens carved out of the forest.

In many of the communities we visited, obtaining enough food from the landscape to feed the family was still a matter of simple survival. Matthieu went foraging with the Tsimane people on the forest floor of the Bolivian Amazon, and he accompanied the Inuit in Greenland on seal hunts in ice-laden waters under the fading winter light. He went free-diving to spear hunt underwater with Bajau fishermen in Malaysia, and climbed trees with the Hadza people in Tanzania to harvest honeycombs and eat them on the spot, larvae and all.

Picture of an Inuit boy eating seal liver and frozen meat in the snow in Greenland
An Inuit girl feeds her brother (left) a bit of liver from a seal their father has just caught. What’s not eaten right away will stay frozen in outdoor sheds; one family’s “freezer” holds the meat, ribs, and jaw of a killer whale and a foreflipper of a bearded seal

“In Bolivia and Tanzania, the kitchen was everywhere and nowhere. And no plates in sight,” Matthieu recalls. “In other countries, the kitchen is a very intimate place – like walking in someone’s bedroom. In the sacred sense, it is the place where the family’s survival is ensured, where the bounty ends up.”

Picture of a Hadza husband and wife in Tanzania
Wande and her husband, Mokoa, set out to find food together. The Hadza of Tanzania are the world’s last full-time hunter-gatherers.

The resulting images that Matthieu brought back from his journey present a global story about how the human race learned to eat and survive in the most diverse corners of the world. We are what we eat—or at least what our ancestors ate.

Picture of a Kyrgz girl and goat in Afghanistan
The Kyrgyz of the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan live at a high altitude where no crops grow. Survival depends on the animals that they milk, butcher, and barter.

Documenting meals for this story was not a new project for Matthieu, who often did so along his previous journeys across central Asia. “In Tajikistan, people easily open their homes to you and feed you,” he says. “The tables are filled with colors and when seen from above, they look like a neatly organized tableau. I realized that as a series, these images would be meaningful, showing how people can be kind and generous.”

Picture of dining table spreads
A mosaic of tablescapes in Tajikistan

Later on, Paley was making a road trip across the United States when he became impressed by the portion sizes at the highway pit stops where he pulled over to eat. “It was at that time that I really started to collect images of what was going into my body—sort of like a visual food diary,” he says.

Matthieu continues his visual food diary over the coming weeks on PROOF, sharing a series of dispatches about each of the unique places he documented for this story.

Next, mutton, goat fat, and salty milk tea: The high altitude diet of Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads


Pamela Chen was senior photo editor for “The Evolution of Diet,” in the September issue of National Geographic. This story is part of National Geographic‘s special eight-month "Future of Food" series. Follow Matthieu Paley on Twitter and Instagram.

Related video: The Evolution of Diet

There are 169 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Sofia
    August 8, 2016

    I think that it is so amazing to see how so many others around the world have such different means of receiving food. Also, how we take for granted how easily food comes to us to where we just have to drive down to the store, when others use time, energy, and hard work to get a meal each day.

  2. Anna
    August 7, 2016

    I believe that the diversity of foods in cultures, and lifestyles to be interesting. Some food palates can be very colorful and different.

  3. Josie Scribner
    August 4, 2016

    This has opened my eyes to how people in other places beside the USA have to do to get something to fill their stomachs. Are all you have to do here is go down to the store and get a jug of milk and a thing of meat from the deli. But people in remote countries have to do, go out and milk to cow/goat and go hunting to get meat on the table. The way your description and vivid picture really captured the depth of these people’s lives was amazing. Thank you for the wake up call.

  4. Isabel
    August 1, 2016

    It was very sad to see some of the pictures. It was also very interesting and intriguing. I think that people are very efficient in getting what they need. People have a way of surviving by getting food.

  5. Bob Hoskins
    July 31, 2016

    This was a very informative article. I always think it is interesting to see what and how much is eaten across the world. I also find it interesting to see what foods are considered “good’ or “gross”. If you went to the average American and offered them seal liver most would probably say no. I bet this would be the other way around if you were to offer an inuit a hot pocket or a snickers! 🙂

  6. Bob Hoskins
    July 31, 2016

    I found this article extremely interesting. I always find it interesting what and how much people eat across the world, and i especially find it interesting to see what different commercials consider “good” and “gross”. Like in America if someone asked us to eat seal liver or something, we would likely refuse but i would like to think the same would be true if we tried to give the Inuits a pizza pocket or Luna bar!

  7. Jonny Baczuk
    July 25, 2016

    very cool, I’d like to try some of these foods. The goat’s liver made me gag though.

  8. Elle Whitehead
    July 23, 2016

    I think that it is incredible how so many people eat so differently than I do. I probably won’t be going anywhere like that, but the food is so different and cool. I think that it would be cool if I went to those different places and ate there food. It would be a cool experience.

  9. Piper
    July 22, 2016

    This was an interesting article. The food in the pictures looked really good.

  10. Kallysta
    July 21, 2016

    I love this blog site! I think it is so interesting to see how other people around the world cook their food, or not!

  11. Addi
    July 19, 2016

    I love this! It’s interesting to see what other people are eating in the world around us.

  12. Piper B.
    July 18, 2016

    I thought that some of the pictures were beautiful. It shows how easy it is to take food and eating for granted. But I did not like the way it showed harmless animals getting killed.

  13. Julianna Flores
    July 18, 2016

    I am very interested in this blog! It was not exactly what I had expected when I first heard about this blog. Being from Nampa, ID I forget how big of a world it is. I love the rawness of all of these photos, it’s so real. Especially the difference between the foods I eat every night (mostly consist of food from my work, Sizzler). This is an amazing way to connect with people around the world. Food is a universal way to connect soulful with others. This blog is great!

  14. Sunshine
    July 14, 2016

    It is interesting,because what is totally disgusting and appalling to us, is their normal food.

  15. Mickayla
    May 19, 2016

    I found this article very interesting. At one time, all of us lived off of the land and what was available in our surroundings. We still currently have the ability to feed everyone.

  16. Parker Kelly
    May 6, 2016

    Wow. This is an excellent blog. The layout is clean and the photos are beautiful. I find it particularly amazing that because of this blog young people get a glimpse into such foreign cultures.

  17. Josie Scribner
    April 26, 2016

    This was amazing to read, and wow, the way people live and find food around then world is so different from the way people eat in the U.S. The pics had striking color and a crisp view in to their world. Beautiful work! I loved it!

  18. Kenneth Lance
    April 16, 2016

    i think that this is a really good representation of the status in current times all around the world. We all have our traditions and this really just shows it we all kind of do our own things and i think that, that is amazing . This whole topic could have a literal book made out of it and it was really well summarized in this page long article.

  19. Emma
    April 14, 2016

    I find this article very interesting because we can have a chance to see what other cultures are like and how they eat different meals. What I found to be cool was the man swimming to the water surface and he had speared to eat. It was also funny to see the little boy eating liver.

  20. Kate
    April 14, 2016

    This was so interesting to read. I love learning about different cultures, so it was cool to learn about different foods from around the world! The pictures were cool too.

  21. Kylee
    April 14, 2016

    So you are what you eat

  22. Kylee
    April 14, 2016


  23. Kaylee
    April 13, 2016

    I think this blog was really interesting! I liked how you included pictures to help illustrate your point. I liked how you showed a picture of the dead seal in the snow which helped preserve it for future meals.

  24. Erica
    April 13, 2016

    Absolutely captivating…. I loved learning about the different cultures and how their environment affects them and what they must do to survive. This made me realize how often we take for granted how easy we have access to food while other people in countries must do everything they can to survive.

  25. Brea McLeod
    April 8, 2016

    Wow! It is amazing to see the different way other cultures eat their food. Not to mention all of the beautiful photos. This was really breathtaking.

  26. andrew
    April 8, 2016

    This was a great article, it was fun to see what people from other countries east.

  27. Emilio Moreno
    April 4, 2016

    This was a very interesting article, its cool to see what others eat & how many different varieties of food there are that i don’t know about.

  28. Tyler Crowe
    March 31, 2016

    It is interesting to see that some people will adapt and in a way become what they eat. I see that the boy has red cheeks from the goats and that he it is because he eats them. I have to be more careful about what I eat!

  29. Elizabeth Morganroth
    March 30, 2016

    Interesting article! I think it’s very interesting to see how other people around the world eat because a lot of them are more dependent on providing food than we are here in the U.S. We are very privileged.

  30. Alexsis Jones
    March 29, 2016

    This was a very interesting article, it was cool too learn about all the different things we have eaten/ will eat.

  31. Herobrine
    March 28, 2016

    This is weird but cool a picture of a girl drinking and eating blood. Wow really mature people.

  32. Allison
    March 28, 2016

    Very interesting and important for people in other countries to know what people in other countries are eating and how their get there food.

  33. Dillan
    March 23, 2016

    It’s really cool to see that people can still live off the land, because that’s basically how our country got started.

  34. Brax Kauffman
    March 22, 2016

    I like that you showed different people in different countries around the world and how they act in the same and different ways.

  35. Hailey Cowger
    March 16, 2016

    I think it’s amazing how these countries eat what the environment gives them. I enjoyed reading about how people in the world where there’s not a lot of change in their customs, gather their food. It’s amazing that there’s many people who have to gather their food themselves instead of going to a grocery store.

  36. Brittany Brinkley
    March 15, 2016

    This article was very interesting and extremely informative! I really like to read the articles that National Geographic has to offer!

  37. Daniel
    March 15, 2016

    It is interesting how people eat different foods and how they hunt.

  38. Thomas Myers
    March 14, 2016

    I really liked this article it helped me see what people eat around the world. It is also a very interesting and a very informative article to.

  39. Prem
    March 14, 2016

    This was a very interesting article. Reminds me how we used to catch our foods, or rather grow them. I didn’t seem to notice that a lot of people around the world had different cultures. I am very impressed at how people around the world have adapted and learned to catch and farm their foods for survival. Glad I learned something new today!! 😀

  40. Leia Sanchez
    March 14, 2016

    Wow that was really cool and interesting………..and kind of….gross but it was mostly cool.

  41. Kaden Smith
    March 9, 2016

    This article was very informative and it showed me all that some people have to eat. I am so glad for all I have to eat and the ease I can get it at.

  42. Lexi
    March 9, 2016

    This was a very interesting informative article. Learning about different cultures and what they eat or how they get their food is very fascinating. This was a great article to read.

  43. Talon
    March 9, 2016

    this gives a wide variety of the different food around the world

  44. Jose Tapia
    March 9, 2016

    This was a very interesting article to read about!!

  45. Karina
    March 8, 2016

    I enjoy this blog because it has a lot of information I didn’t know.

  46. Nash Boston
    March 8, 2016

    It’s interesting how that some people eat only what they find in the environment because they can’t grow crops or the country they live in isn’t as plentiful as others.

  47. Hannah
    March 8, 2016

    very well described variety of food choices around the world. Some interesting flavors are out there.

  48. Matthew
    March 8, 2016

    I think that it is unbelievable how well these people have adapted to their environment. They eat whatever nature gives to them and they stay perfectly healthy. I believe that what we eat has a huge impact on our culture in general.

  49. Paige Fullmer
    March 8, 2016

    This is so cool, I love all the pictures that are included

  50. Ethan White
    March 8, 2016

    I think it’s amazing how these countries eat what the environment gives them

  51. Maria Hernandez
    March 8, 2016

    This was a very interesting and enjoyable article. I enjoyed reading about how people in the world where there’s not a lot of change in their customs, gather their food. It’s amazing that there’s many people who have to gather their food themselves instead of going to a grocery store.

  52. nathaniel
    March 8, 2016

    Very inspirational article! What we eat has attachment to cultural, nutritional, medicinal and environmental values! It has added some flavour to my facilitating sessions on nutrition and sustainable living. So if I want to post my photo of dish what should I do! It is also imperative to be explain the sources of our dishes to our children because many of them nowadays they do not know. For example, if you ask, where does milk come from? They say refrigerator, wow! Keep good and great. Work!!,

  53. Andrew
    March 8, 2016

    It is very interesting what people around the world eat. There are many varieties of dishes here.

  54. Trevor
    March 8, 2016

    This is interesting. What is the right picture that is in Bolivia? What is the animal that is in Afghanistan.

  55. Kade
    March 8, 2016

    Very interesting with a good catching title. The picture with the girl eating the liver looked a little gross but it’s what is in the environment that they can eat.

  56. Raylee
    February 2, 2016

    Its really interesting on how different cultures revolve around there food. It would be awesome if there was a way to get other people over to these cultures to be able to know how it is and different foods.

  57. Noah
    January 18, 2016

    I think that it’s very interesting how culture is so much involved with what we eat. I also think it’s interesting how diets vary all over the world.

  58. Payton
    January 8, 2016

    I really like how this blog used a lot pictures to represent the information that was mentioned

  59. Leroy
    December 22, 2015

    I like this article, it makes me want to go and give food to all though’s people that have to eat it, even though they mite not like it because of what they have been eating for so long.

  60. Leroy
    December 22, 2015

    I don’t see how anybody could eat a seal that they barley killed, that is just grossing. It makes me want to go and give food to all though’s hungry people that have to eat uneatable things.

  61. Rory
    December 14, 2015

    This article makes me want to travle around the world and give food away. It makes me happy that I have food myself.

  62. Rory
    December 14, 2015

    It makes me want to travel to diffrent places and give them food. It makes me happy for broccoli even though i half like it.

  63. Rory
    December 14, 2015

    it makes me grateful after seeing that i pick in the food what ever when ever i want. some people in the world eat anything they can get there hands on.This article made me grateful.

  64. Riley
    December 14, 2015

    This is a very interesting article about how people do so much to get food, so it makes me grateful for the food that I eat. Now I know the real value of food.

  65. Moises Bedolla
    December 10, 2015

    I think that this is really cool because it shows you what people eat around their environment.

  66. Hailey
    December 4, 2015

    This Article is very neatly written. Reading this article makes me grateful for what I have to eat. I am glad that these people can at least find some thing to eat even if they are eating raw meat.
    Hailey Johnson

  67. Scott
    December 3, 2015

    I’m thankful I don’t live those countries because I wouldn’t enjoy their foods

  68. sydney walsh
    December 3, 2015

    This is an interesting topic! Some of the information in that passage gripped for my attintion yet some made my stomach churn in discust! I like how we see pictures from around the world to express the different cultures. Sometimes I forget that not everyone has it easy like how that one little boy had to eat liver, GROSS! And how the other guy was going to eat octopus, then again they might think the things i eats are weird. This really reminds me of what a different world it is for everyone!

  69. Ben Wikoff
    November 25, 2015

    Wow, this article really made me think about how easy it is to find food in our first world country. It’s amazing to see what people will do to get something to eat and what they eat overall. Thanks for the great article!

  70. Liz
    November 24, 2015

    Some of the stuff on here is pretty interesting. Yet, there were some where it made my stomach churn in disgust. It shows that people eat whatever there is in the environment.

  71. luke
    November 19, 2015

    very cool article, that is cool how the different foods come with the different cultures.

  72. Brayden
    November 18, 2015

    I found this article very interesting and very informative. I really enjoyed learning about all the differences in the cultures around the world

  73. Kirsten
    November 17, 2015

    Thank you for all the information.

  74. delfino
    November 9, 2015

    cool articles

  75. Kennedy
    November 6, 2015

    Very interesting blog and such amazing photos.

  76. aubri
    November 5, 2015

    This was a very interesting article. I loved all the different photos of the food. Lots of different dishes that were prepared. Keep up the good work!

  77. SummerDawn
    November 4, 2015

    I like how people all over the world live differently. I think it would be so cool to travel around the world to see how other people eat and how they survive and what they do on a regular basis.

  78. Makayla Miller
    November 4, 2015

    This makes me very greatful that I have good food everyday. I feel bad for everyone who has to eat all this stuff.. 🙂

  79. Drew
    November 4, 2015

    This is a really interesting blog. I like seeing all the different cultures of food.

  80. Katlyn
    November 4, 2015

    That’s a really interesting article especially when they traveled to different places like to the United States

  81. tyler
    November 4, 2015

    This was interesting and educational to read.

  82. Kenzie
    November 4, 2015

    A really interesting blog.

  83. Paige
    November 4, 2015

    This was an amazing artical that was very informational and educating. It was interesting to read.

  84. Treyton Moon
    November 2, 2015

    I really enjoyed reading this. it was interesting and the photos were really cool and amazing. i really like how informing this was to. it was really detailed and really fun to read

  85. rafael
    November 2, 2015

    I really like two read this it was cool

  86. Billy Jackson
    October 29, 2015

    Wow, this is pretty amazing that people survive without like farmers or hunters to get them what they need! They do it all them selfs, i couldn’t do that!

  87. Katie
    October 28, 2015

    This is awesome! I love your pictures. I never really realized what people actually eat. I’m just used to what I have, and never really think about it.

  88. Lyani Tovar
    October 28, 2015

    I love eating food and I think its kinda cool and fun learning about different foods in the world. if you ever need new foods come to me I know a lot of Mexican dishes you can possibly like.

  89. Giovanny Boston
    October 28, 2015

    I love the fact of the variety of cultures eating differently. Everyday you see new foods and wonder how it is. I believe this is a worldwide topic and should be reintroduced that “We Are What We Eat”

  90. rylar b
    October 28, 2015

    that is really cool that i can lean about other cultures i never new these thing i really like the hunters and gatherer

  91. Lonny Parsons
    October 28, 2015

    This is a really interesting blog, that these people are fighting for their survival.

  92. Lonny Parsons
    October 28, 2015

    I think this is pretty interesting

  93. Alexys
    October 28, 2015

    This is very interesting. It is crazy how we can go out and just buy our food and these people go through so much to get so little. I feel that we need to appreciate what we have. Stop complaining where you restaurant food takes to long, I want to see you do what these people do then you can complain.

  94. kylee Jones
    October 28, 2015

    Wow, I didn’t know that other people on different parts of the world that to eat food that is around them instead of going to a local supermarket.

  95. Jakbus Esparza
    October 28, 2015

    It is cool how people hunt they food different they we do

  96. ~Whitney J.~
    October 28, 2015

    This is very interesting. It’s cool to know where food came from. Especially cultural food!

  97. Natasha
    October 28, 2015

    This was very interesting and it helped open my eyes to see how the whole world is eating different things.

  98. Lena
    October 28, 2015

    I think that it is so interesting when you can go around the world and compare the different foods and cultures. It sometimes makes me wonder what life would be like if you had to fill the shoes of another person. I love this blog it is just so amazing.

  99. Chase
    October 28, 2015

    Most of the food shown sounds or looks interesting. Some of which seem inhumane, but its life and we have to adapt or die

  100. matthew
    October 28, 2015

    This is a very interesting, well written post, you learn something knew everyday.

  101. Tristina
    October 28, 2015

    Most of this makes me sick to my stomach… but its life

  102. aleah
    October 28, 2015

    Most of this stuff kinda makes me sick but ya know you eat what you have! Some of it looks good I most likely wouldn’t eat anything on here!

  103. Denis
    October 28, 2015

    Its amazing how food is so different all around the world. We just adapt to what we can to survive.

  104. Hannah
    October 27, 2015

    This is really amazing! I think you are very lucky to be able to do these kinds of things! I would love to do them too 🙂 I think it’s interesting learning about another culture.

  105. Micheal
    October 22, 2015

    That was a very interesting article. I always thought people eat what they have in their surroundings . That was highly informative and awesome.

  106. Ti
    March 28, 2015

    I hunt and gather my food at Costco.

  107. Esai
    February 10, 2015

    It truly is amazing. In this day and age so many people take advantage of this gift we have,” to eat whatever we want , where ever we want and when ever we want” these simple people eat to survive! It makes you really question this society we live in today. It shows you the value of food and what it means. Its overwhelming to see how much of this earths population doesnt eat to survive. No wonder we have food shortages, population overgrowth and everything that goes into accommodating this population! !!! If we all ate what we needed to to survive we would be on a good healthy earth. No violence , no Greed and most if all No Selfishness . But the worst part of all of this, is that it is really to late to do anything ! This population will be thinned down wether it is by the acknowledgement of men or a higher power… but unfortunately we have seen in history the attemps made to do so. But has never been enough , only to postpone the inevitable. So that being seen and said, the desperate actions that men will take will be war and disease. But it wont be enough to make a difference. It makes you really stop and think, what the hell is happening!
    “Eat to live, Not Live to Eat”

    • Clover
      February 12, 2015

      Thumbs up to that comment, Esai!! It’s so very, very true.

  108. Yepi
    December 9, 2014

    They are very interesting stories. It exists many foods which I can’t imagine

  109. Sophi
    September 29, 2014

    This article really just emphasises how isolated different cultures of the world are to others, and how diverse the food they choose to eat, because of availability. Amasing!

  110. neetha dilip
    September 27, 2014

    This is indeed one of those interesting articles i have read off late. Thanks to the amazing photography which speak more than the text by itself. i learned something new about various eating patterns which i could ever dream in my weirdest of my dreams.

  111. cristina
    September 25, 2014

    I enjoyed a lot reading this article. It is always nice to find more about other people’s habitude of eating. I guess is true that we are what we eat. Good job, Matthieu Paley and Ann Gibbons.

  112. waithera
    September 25, 2014

    Wow,the photography was great!its amazing how we tend to classify whats healthy food when some people elsewhere have no variety of food to gauge as “healthy”.I liked the diversity and was shocked at how beautiful the color of the food looked.I think its very inspiring that we are” living food” very differently.I was tickled when the author mentioned about” no kitchen”…;)modern world versus traditional world!!

  113. Rita
    September 24, 2014

    I love the article. People should know that only because other people eat a little different doesn’t means it is bad. Even though some peoples are more or less nourish.

  114. Christina
    September 23, 2014

    I wish each photo in the title image were labeled. I would love to know where each dish is from.

    • Alexa Keefe
      September 23, 2014

      Thank you for your comment. If you hover over the title image, or click on it to launch the gallery view, you will be able to view the caption.

  115. Inder
    September 23, 2014

    Food is the maincourse in India. It Bounds,Creates,Loves and makes way for lot of oppurtunity here in Indian streets. Please turn your camera on this side as well.

  116. Toni Cardinal
    September 22, 2014

    I’m a teacher…Social Studies…in a predominantly Hispanic district…I have allowed students to get extra credit by going & eating a food they’ve never eaten before…one student went to Little Saigon & bought duck…the family loved it (except the youngest who couldn’t get over the head still being on the duck)…another students girlfriend had been bugging him to go to sushi with her….he finally did just so he could get his extra credit…he loved it…now he goes all the time with her…my hope is that they will “expand their taste buds” not just their minds….

  117. D Mitra
    September 22, 2014

    Religion and what religion/ cultural values dictates is also a major factor in what we eat….sometimes irrespective of environmental and local availability factors

  118. R. Sundar
    September 22, 2014

    First of all kudos for the wonderful photography! It really opened my eyes as to what people across the globe eat to survive. Growing up in India I am used to plant based food; but now I appreciate those who have adapted to their surroundings and consume whatever is available.

  119. Phil Dean
    September 22, 2014

    Thank you Pamela and Matthieu for a wonderful article, however, what is that (photo) nestled on the palm leaf in the Bolivian Jungle? My guess would be a spider, or moth perhaps…

  120. Jane
    September 22, 2014

    love National Geographic and your interesting article. But, I would really like to know what that claw like thing on the green leaf is. Could someone please tell me?

  121. sylvia adam
    September 22, 2014

    A very important topic and hope that western man learns that what we eat to-day walks and talks to-morrow. However the bigger picture the planet cannot sustain the population of about 4 billion

  122. zahra
    September 22, 2014

    ohh! very interesting…

  123. Praveen P Prabha
    September 22, 2014

    Txn ngs ……. Its very Interesting article .

  124. Arshad Kahn
    September 21, 2014

    Great Photos and information/knowledge. Being one of the very few lucky once where travels have taken me around most parts of the world and where I have taken in most of the food shown here and more not shown, gives me pride in assimilating with various ethnic groups and situation. My believe is that if man could have a diverse diet BUT should also include greens found naturally, then there is a possibility of longer life and accommodation with others; consumption of only selected food origin would result in extinction of that species of origin. Good to know how diverse people in variable places survive. Entrepreneurs, farmers could also ensure the availability of these food at all times.

  125. Carlotta Romero
    September 21, 2014

    I want to travel the world, but must admit that I’m not very adventurous when it comes to this stuff…and I’m sticking to what’s vegetarian/vegan wherever I go!!

  126. bechai
    September 21, 2014

    eye-catching right at the onset. my attention was grabbed as soon as I saw the photo mosaic. i, for one, take photos of food that I eat (right when it is served!) but never would i have imagined “food photography” to be presented in this fascinating and awe-inspiring way.

  127. Cynthia Allen McLaglen
    September 21, 2014

    Beautifully presented photos and an array of what people in the remote parts of the world eat when they are not close to urban supermarkets. This is how humans lived all through the ice ages- living on animals and fruits of the forest before we were farmers. One had to respect wild-life or they would disappear and we would thank them for what they gave us.

  128. Myra Boyle
    September 21, 2014

    Very interesting photo-journalism. I have never seen this aspect of food and environment.

  129. Jennifer
    September 21, 2014

    Fascinating! What is the leaf dwelling creature from Bolivia called???? I don’t recognize it nor see it named in the article.

  130. Joy
    September 21, 2014

    I really wish that everyone could travel to experience other cultures. Once you do that, and that means not going just to gated resorts, you do really get a better understanding of other peoples.

  131. R Lalib
    September 21, 2014

    I loved the article and the photos! What I found most striking is when I studied the mosaic photo, with all the dinner tables, what stood out most to me was there was a lot of broth, bread and…….. candies? Almost half the tables had the little twist wrapped candies on it. Not what I expected, unless I am just seeing things wrong. I would have loved a larger, higher resolution picture to see more details of the image. Great article!

  132. narinder
    September 21, 2014

    Vary interesting and informative. ..

  133. Kathy
    September 21, 2014

    Wonderful article, when I was young I was intrigued to know what people ate around the world and my dream was to travel and find out.

  134. Jirina Jurickova
    September 21, 2014

    A great article! I am going to use it in my Geography lessons to make my pupils aware and also make them think about their plates

  135. Dr Suresh Padhye
    September 21, 2014

    would like to know food of Eskimos

  136. Paola L.
    September 18, 2014

    This article is so interesting and I’m in love with all these shots.Amazing!

  137. Suzanne Barnes
    September 18, 2014

    Wonderful article! I’ve lived in a number of countries and have eaten everyday food in Japan, Germany, Korea, France, the Netherlands and varying parts of the U.S. (the Deep South and the Southwest); I’ll try anything, and I love how the foods echo the people. My Hopi coworker brings me blue cornmeal pi’it from when he visits his family on Second Mesa; I cook hoecake and make fried oyster poboys when I visit my hometown in NW Florida; and it’s all homestyle family food, all loved, all satisfying and culturally rich. ‘Comfort Food’ indeed.

  138. ree
    September 17, 2014

    it’s such an awesome job!!… to travel around the world and experience cultures, and documenting it without losing it’s substance!!! this is a well composed article. great work guys!!!

  139. shirley tanpk
    September 14, 2014

    What a great article! Every food photos tell us a story. We should always appreciate of everything that God had given to us.

  140. Lakshmi Poondamalli
    September 11, 2014

    Iam a South Indian . My food is based on what we cultivate & produce . Even now we try to follow my great grandmother’s methods & enjoy food.

  141. Benjamin Gohalimu (Tanzanian)
    September 11, 2014

    intersting and highly informative
    People eat what their envoiremnt
    give them.

  142. Goguma
    September 10, 2014

    Wonderful photographs and an exciting article. What an inspiration!

  143. Bre
    September 9, 2014

    Wonderful seeing the differences. Can’t wait to see more. Someday I hope to be able to do what I love and share it with others, and supporting myself on that passion!

  144. maria rhizza rully
    September 9, 2014

    our lifestyle our passion..

  145. Henry Aziz
    September 8, 2014

    Very impressive article… New generation must learn how to appreciate the foods

  146. parveen
    September 7, 2014

    nice pictures

  147. Caleb
    September 6, 2014

    Great article. the photography especially impressed me. Please continue this project to document worldwide diets. Thank you.

  148. Sinnie
    September 6, 2014

    I am deeply moved by these images. How many of us Iiving in first world take food for granted. I saw a few teenagers throwing away half eaten sandwiches … I thankful for what I have.

  149. Aparajita
    September 6, 2014

    amazing research and data collection… very nice… hope to get more shortly…

  150. Jay Kamble
    September 6, 2014

    Very interesting and fascinating Article. Loved to now what people eat around the world.

  151. Maritza Gonzalez
    September 5, 2014

    Loved it, very interesting !

    September 5, 2014

    Makes you think of how lucky we are to have this plentiful bounty of food everyday, 3 times a day. Never going hungry ! Makes you wonder, what will happen in 2050 with so many people on Earth !

  153. Evelyn Albrando
    September 5, 2014

    Very informative photos. It really helps us alot to picture out the world around us. Good job photographer!!

  154. Nilesh Dubey
    September 5, 2014

    if want to save plant, so go with pure veg… Save Animal, they also have right to live long..

  155. Yasyno Cassino
    September 5, 2014

    ooh! Good & Wonderful Picture!

  156. Yasyno Cassino
    September 5, 2014

    ooh! Good & Beautiful Photo!

  157. Kenneth Larot Yamat
    September 5, 2014

    who too the picture of the inuit village in greenland pgs 46-47?

  158. Matthews Shaba Mpofu
    September 5, 2014

    Very inspirational article! What we eat has attachment to cultural, nutritional, medicinal and environmental values! It has added some flavour to my facilitating sessions on nutrition and sustainable living. So if I want to post my photo of dish what should I do! It is also imperative to be explain the sources of our dishes to our children because many of them nowadays they do not know. For example, if you ask, where does milk come from? They say refrigerator, wow! Keep good and great. Work!!,

  159. Dino
    September 5, 2014

    Veramente belle foto. Will be nice to see the food of the future.

  160. v p sing
    September 4, 2014

    It tell how deeply we are connected to our eco-system, diversity of food is linked with biodiversity of earth and how adaptable we human are !

  161. Nizamuddin Danwer
    September 4, 2014

    Mouth watering and colorful dishes on display.Excellent job by the photographer.Thank you all.

  162. June Quan
    September 4, 2014

    This is a really cool article and I specially love the photos. The food photos are subtly reflected in the cultural photos of the people. The colors and tone of the photos perfectly match each other. It’s amazing and inspiring. I have a blog that does something similar with food inspiring fashion and fashion inspiring food at http://www.stirandstyle.com.

    Thanks for the wonderful read.

  163. lara
    September 4, 2014

    Beautiful…Beautiful photos and beautiful words. Amplifies thoughts on how easy it is to take food and eating for granted when we are surrounded by supersized shopping centers and chain restaurants…

  164. amit
    September 4, 2014

    Great going NGC, ur the real god in sense.

  165. mogtpa
    September 4, 2014

    waaw.. l love it ..I love cooking so wana to see food around the world

  166. Nilda Lopez
    September 4, 2014

    intersting and highly informative People eat what their envoiremnt give them.

  167. Nilda Lopez
    September 4, 2014

    It very very interesting article I always thought people eatwhat they have in their surroundings . While traveling in India I had that impression and like the author everything was kind to my stomach. It is a great article and will love to see what will be the food of the future.

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