Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats


Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

(4 customer reviews)


A fascinating living geography book that highlights families around the world, pictured in their kitchens with one week’s worth of groceries. Used in all of the Visits To… geography notebooks. See full description

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Product Description

An award-winning photographer traveled the world and took pictures of families in various countries, featured in their kitchens with one week’s worth of groceries. In Hungry Planet: What the World Eats your children will discover for themselves the differences in food types, variety, and amounts; the differences in where and how food is prepared; and the truth that we are all humans with similar needs.

You can imagine the culture and contrasts and similarities that can be learned just from looking closely at the photographs. Plus, the author includes first-hand accounts of his time with the various families. The additional photographs and notes convey more valuable ideas, like what it is like to live in a refugee camp, how much time can be spent on simply surviving, and even that some cultures have no concept of a “favorite” food.

This book, Hungry Planet, and its companion volume, Material World, have been on my coffee table for years. I’ve watched people of all ages be drawn to the large, colorful photographs and fascinating notes over and over again.

That’s why those two books are featured in all of the Visits To… geography notebooks. They are the two mandatory books needed to complete that series and will give you many years of wonderful living geography studies for all of your students.

Parental Advisory: Two photos in the book (pp. 54 and 287) contain National Geographic-style nudity, providing an authentic representation of the culture in that area of the world.

Additional Information

Weight2.8 lbs
Dimensions12 × 9 × 0.8 in




Trade Paper


Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 1, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Lesson Plan

Early Modern & Epistles, Genesis through Deuteronomy & Ancient Egypt, Joshua through Malachi & Ancient Greece, Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation & Epistles, Modern Times & Epistles, Revelation


4 reviews for Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

  1. Sarah

    My family loves this book! We have stuck a couple small bits of paper over parts of some photos that showed naked native people as my children don’t need to be staring at those details.. otherwise highly recommend 🙂

  2. Jessica

    I bought this book elsewhere and was unprepared for the photos of unclothed people! Be forewarned.

    • Tamara Bell

      Hi Jessica. I’m sorry you were caught unaware. We do include a note on the product page in the Bookstore concerning some National Geographic style pictures.

  3. Alyssa Corey

    Is the Hungry Planet book a paperback or hardback?

    • Tamara Bell

      Hi Alyssa! Hungry Planet: What the World Eats is in Trade Paper which is much thicker than traditional paperback however it is not hardback.

  4. Micah O’Brien

    I almost skipped on this book because some of the reviews were giving me ‘bad pictures’ (“Good Pictures, Bad Pictures”) vibes. I ordered it anyway because I wanted to investigate for myself. I’m so glad I did!
    After 3-4 flips thru, I saw one page with some exposed body parts. To offer some context, because context is key, the people are shown surrounding a fire, cooking food to survive in an impoverished nation.
    I did take a few small pieces of painters tape and cover the exposed parts and moved on. (Our kids know God made our bodies and they are good and to be used rightly.)
    It’s a beautifully laid out book and I am excited to utilize its offerings as we go thru it together, in light of our limited, American experience.

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