In 2005, photojournalists Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio published Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, a book documenting the weeklong diets of 30 families across the globe, from Bhutan and Bosnia to Mexico and Mongolia. Menzel and D’Aluisio followed each family through the whole process, showing where they got their food and how they got it, what they liked to eat, and how much it cost.
While in Bhutan, they visited the Namgay family of Shingkhey Village in Wangdue Phodrang. During that week, the family grocery bill was 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03USD (in 2005).
Their family recipe? Mushroom, cheese, and pork. …and of course, plenty of chillies!
Interested in how this Bhutanese family’s diet compares to others? See the rest at Time Photos – What the World Eats, Part I.