My weekly food budget varies. I try for under $150 per week, (that's for 5 adult sized people) but if I am realistic and count in lunches and the occasional dinner date it's probably more like $175-200 per week. I don't really mind cooking if I have done the groundwork for it. That is - if I've really made a menu/shopping list on my paperwork day, and really done all the shopping on my errand day.
I like cooking, and the family is pretty good about cleaning up afterward, so it works out. I don't generally think about it too much, but today I found a photo essay about 15 families in different parts of the world and what they eat in a week's time. It absolutely fascinates me.
Of course it brought to mind how lucky we are to live where we live, and in the economic state we have.
But mainly I just enjoyed looking at the VAST differences in what is on the tables - or the lack of tables. How are things packaged? What are the different dollar amounts? Favorite foods?
How many people are there in the picture that eat from that amount of food? (And what size are they?).
I love that the journalist took the pictures in the setting where the food would typically be eaten.
Anyway, I'm not sure why this fascinates me so much. I could spend a long time looking at these pictures. And well, I did.
See the whole photo essay here.
And do it when you have a few minutes to really look at them.
No guilt involved, this is purely for the interest factor.
(*repost from June 2007)
And PS- if that California lady really feeds her family for $159 per week - actually shopping IN CALIFORNIA - well, I'll eat that whole pizza in the picture there by myself.
I guess that's not really much of a threat, though, is it?