WHAT I EAT
Though entirely draped in black cloths, Yemeni homemaker Saada Haidar is not entirely impenetrable—her day's spread of homemade, fresh, and traditional food provides a rare and revealing look into her private life. "You are what you eat" is the overwhelming takeaway from Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio's food portraits, which capture the intimate relationships between food choice and a slew of seemingly unrelated factors such as religious and moral values; economic, social, and political situation; knowledge and concern of health and the environment; body image issues; career pressures; physical activity levels; nationality; and the effects of an increasingly modern and globalized diet of fast, processed, and genetically modified food. The set of 12 18" x 22" posters comes from the oversized coffee table book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets—the couple's global exploration of food-which clarifies and contextualizes 80 diverse diets through essays from experts such as Michael Pollan and Marion Nestle; a meticulous listing of every item eaten and its weight; a calorie count; and a written profile taken from numerous interviews with the subjects. The curriculum guide includes critical thinking questions, writing prompts, activities, reading strategies, and a PowerPoint presentation (with eight slides corresponding to each poster) that leads students through the process of visual analysis. On a companion DVD, Menzel and D'Aluisio tell behind-the-scenes stories about the photographs and express insights on food choices in a globalized world. Aligns with Common Core State Standards. Grades 6 and up. Social Studies School Service. ©2010.
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