What Kids Eat Around the World

Written by Erin Feher
11:00 am
06/03/19

A huge part of raising children is feeding them, and the way we do so is unmistakably marked with our culture, geographic location, socioeconomic standing, and even political beliefs. Nothing brings this into sharper focus than the new book Daily Bread. We are completely obsessed with the book’s stunning images by photographer Gregg Segal, who embarked on a global project asking kids from around the world—including Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Dakar, Hamburg, Dubai, and Mumbai—to take his “Daily Bread” challenge.

“I asked kids to keep a journal of everything that ate for one week. At the end of the week, producers collected the journals, checked to make sure they were complete, and then handed them off to the cooks who’d shop for all the ingredients and reproduce all of the meals,” says Segal. “I photographed as many as 5 kids a day, so the cooks were responsible for preparing over 100 meals. These were often 14 hour days for the food-preppers. It was demanding and exhausting!”

But the results are worth it: The colorful and hyper-detailed results tell a unique story of multiculturalism and how we nourish ourselves at the dawn of the 21st century, and the touching bios of each child, summarized in their own words, add even greater depth to the images. There are also some unexpected revelations when it comes to the way we eat around the world: “One of the surprising lessons of Daily Bread is that the best quality diets are often eaten not by the richest but the poorest,” says Segal. “In the U.S., the poor are the biggest consumers of junk food because it’s convenient and cheap. But in Mumbai, it costs $13 for a medium Dominoes pizza, which is way beyond the means of most people, like Anchal, who lives with her family in an 8-by-8-foot aluminum hut. Her father earns less than $5 a day, yet Anchal eats a wholesome diet of okra and cauliflower curries, lentils and roti which Anchal’s mother makes from scratch each day on a single kerosene burner. In contrast, Shraman lives in a middle-class Mumbai hi-rise and eats very differently. His family’s extra income means he can afford Dominoes pizza, fried chicken and treats like Snickers bars and Cadbury chocolate.”

Click through the full slideshow below, then buy your own copy of the book right here —it will ship when it is released tomorrow morning!

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Clare

This is a gorgeous and really interesting project. Inspiration-wise, it owes a huge debt to Hungry Planet/ What the World Eats by Peter Mendel and Faith D’Alusio (which is also so much fun to read and look at).

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