What the World Eats



July is National Blueberries Month, National Culinary Arts Month, and National Grilling Month.




“While many are worrying about filling their gas tanks, many others around the world are struggling to fill their stomachs,…” declares Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank.  In just three years, the price of staple foods like wheat, corn and rice has almost doubled, and food prices overall have risen 83 percent.  If left unchecked, global food shortages could set the world back seven years in the fight against extreme poverty and global disease.




The University of Washington and IBM use donated computer time to tackle rice crisis.

VIDEO | Designing better strains of rice



Are you really going to eat that? : reflections of a culinary thrill seeker / Robb Walsh

641.592 W226a 2003


Cuisine and culture : a history of food & people / Linda Civitello

641.3 C582c 2004


Ending hunger : an idea whose time has come / the Hunger Project

363.8 E56 1985


Food in the ancient world / John M. Wilkins and Shaun Hill

394.12 W684f 2006


The food of Vietnam : authentic recipes from the heart of Indochina / Trieu Thi Choi and Marcel Isaak

641.59597 T827f 2000


Freedom from want : the human right to adequate food /George Kent

363.8 K37f 2005


Hungry planet : what the world eats / Faith D’Aluisio; photographed by Peter Menzel

641.3 M551h 2005


Indian essence : the fresh tastes of India’s new cuisine / Atul Kochhar ; photographs by David Loftus

641.5954 K76i 2004


The Middle Eastern kitchen / Ghillie Basan ; photography by Jonathan Basan

641.5956 B297m 2004


Much depends on dinner : the extraordinary history and mythology, allure and obsessions, perils and taboos, of an ordinary meal / Margaret Visser

394.12 V834m 1987


The Northwest kitchen : a seasonal cookbook / Judie Geise ; drawings by Gerge Tsutakawa

641.5 G313n 1978


On food and cooking : the science and lore of the kitchen / Harold McGee

641.5 M145o 2004


Paradox of plenty : a social history of eating in modern America / Harvey Levenstein

394.120973 L657p 2003


Uncommon grounds : the history of coffee and how it transformed our world / Mark Pendergrast

641.3373 P397u 1999


Wild berries of the Pacific Northwest : on the bush, on the table, in the glass / J. E. Underhill

634.7 U55w 1974



Curry: a tale of cooks and conquerors / Lizzie Collingham

Electronic Book 394.1/2/0954 2006


Everyone eats : understanding food and culture / E.N. Anderson

Electronic Book 394.1/2 2005


Food is culture / Massimo Montanari

Electronic Book 641.3 2006


Food, morals, and meaning the pleasure and anxiety of eating / John Coveney

Electronic Book 178 2000


Golden arches east: McDonald’s in East Asia / edited by James L.Watson

Electronic Book


Great old-fashioned American recipes / Beatrice Ojakangas

Electronic Book 641.5973 2005


Halving hunger it can be done /Task Force on Hunger

Electronic Book 363.8/83091724 2005


Health, nutrition and food demand / edited by Wen S. Chernand Kyrre Rickertsen

Electronic Book 363.8 2003


Handbook of herbs and spices  / edited by K.V. Peter

Electronic Book 664.53 2004


Kitchen secrets the meaning of cooking in everyday life /Frances Short

Electronic Book 641.5 2006


Meals to come a history of the future of food / Warren Belasco

Electronic Book 641.3009 2006


Outgrowing the earth : the food security challenge in the age of falling water tables and rising temperatures / Lester R. Brown

Electronic Book 2005


The politics of food / edited by Marianne Elisabeth Lien and Brigitte Nerlich

Electronic Book 2004


The psychology of food choice / edited by R. Shepherd and M. Raats

Electronic Book 613.2019 2006


Reference Books:

The Cambridge world history of food / editors, Kenneth F. Kiple, Kriemhild Coneè Ornelas.

641.3 C177 2000


Encyclopedia of food and culture / Solomon H. Katz, editor in chief

641.3003 E56 2003


The Oxford companion to food / Alan Davidson

641.3003 D252o 1999


World hunger / edited by Claire Stanford

363.8 W927 2007



Understanding global issues

Periodical Collection, 5th Floor



Deconstructing supper [videorecording] : a chef’s journey / MSK Productions, Inc.

641.3 D296 2002 VHS


Fast food nation [videorecording] / Fox Searchlight Pictures

791.4372 F251 2007 DVD


The future of food [videorecording] / Lily Films presents ; directed, produced and written by Deborah Koons Garcia ; produced by Catherine Lynn Butler.

363.192 F996 2004 DVD


Karen Blixen’s Babette’s gæstebud [videorecording] = Babette’s feast / Just Betzer, præsenterer ; en film af Gabriel Axel ; A-S Panorama Film International.

791.4372 B113 1999 VHS


The meaning of food [videorecording] / series producer/director, Maria Gargiulo ; producers, Kimberlee Bassford, Shannon Gee, John Mikulenka ; produced by Pie in the Sky in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

394.12 M483 2005 DVD


Perfect famine [videorecording] / TVE International ; BBC Worldwide

363.8 P438 2002 VHS


Sowing seeds of hunger [videorecording] / TVE International ; BBC Worldwide

362.73 S731 2002 VHS


Super size me [videorecording] / Hart Sharp Video

647.95 S959 2004 DVD


Tampopo [videorecording] / Itami Productions ; produced by Juzo Itami, Yasushi Tamaoki & Seigo Hosogoe ; written and directed by Juzo Itami.

791.4372 T159 1999 VHS


A World of food [videorecording] : tastes & taboos in different cultures / Nonverbal Workshop ; created & produced by Dane Archer ; directed & photographed by Jon Silver.

394.12 W927 2000 VHS



The Cook’s Thesaurus



Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project



Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

For a world without hunger



FAO and emergencies 



FAO Hunger Map



Food Timeline



The History of Eating Utensils



Nutritious Rice for the World

Watch a short video.  IBM in collaboration with University of Washington



Recipe Source



World Food Habits Bibliography – English-Language Resources for the anthropology of food and nutrition



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One response to “What the World Eats

  1. Gerie

    Kudos to Teresa for compiling this list — the books and DVDs on the Recommended Reading shelf in the Library have been checked out with great frequency! Hurrah!

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