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A.S. Byatt, Charlotte Brontë, Ignes Sodre
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John Derbyshire
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George R.R. Martin
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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Hungry Planet - Peter Menzel, Faith D'Aluisio Part photo essay, part political/social commentary, part foodie exploration. It's an amazing book that chronicles the authors' journeys to 24 countries to see how everyday families eat. The book is arranged alphabetically by country. They have photographed the ordinary weekly food intake (at the authors' expense) of each family and written a companion essay touching on the circumstances of that family, general information about the country, and so forth. The pictures are high quality, and the essays are compelling and well-written. It is a political book on multiple levels, of course, but it doesn't beat the reader over the head with first world guilt, instead letting the food and the families speak for themselves. It certainly gave this reader pause to consider how much I consume and how I consume it.