Biographical and Bibliographical Information

Peter Menzel & Faith D’Aluisio

Peter Menzel is a freelance photojournalist known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment. His award-winning photographs have been published in GEO, Stern, Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, Paris Match, Focus, Muy Interesante, El Pais, National Geographic, Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, and Time. He has received a number of World Press and Picture of the Year awards.

Faith D’Aluisio is a former award-winning television news producer. She is the editor and lead writer for the book-publishing imprint Material World Books. The couple lives in the United States in Napa, California. They have four sons: Josh, Jack, Adam and Evan.

In 1994 Peter Menzel created the bestselling book Material World, A Global Family Portrait, (Sierra Club Books). This epic work of photojournalism focused on the material possessions and daily lives of average families around the world. Material World and has been excerpted worldwide and is translated into Japanese and German.

This was followed by Menzel and D’Aluisio’s first collaboration, Women in the Material World (Sierra Club Books, 1996). This book explored the lives of women around the world, and builds upon the documentary work of Material World: A Global Family Portrait to which D’Aluisio contributed. In 1996 Women in the Material World was named one of the year’s Ten Best Books for the Teenaged by the New York Public Library.

In 1998 the team published Man Eating Bugs: the Art and Science of Eating Insects, a worldwide look at the human consumption of insects. This critically acclaimed book, a Material World Books imprint distributed by Ten Speed Press, won the 1999 James Beard Award for Reference and Writings on Food.

Menzel and D’Aluisio authored a fourth photographic book about robots and their creators, called Robo Sapiens: Evolution of a New Species, (The MIT Press, 2000). The initial robot photo reportage for Stern Magazine in Germany that led to the book Robo Sapiens was awarded first place for science photography by the World Press Photo 2000 in Amsterdam.

Menzel and D’Aluisio’s book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats (Material World Books, Ten Speed Press, 2005)—is another around-the-world exploration of average daily life, this time focusing on food in 24 countries. The authors detail each family’s weekly food purchases and the total cost, and use thought-provoking interviews. The centerpiece of each chapter is a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. The couple won the coveted James Beard Best Book Award in 2006 for Hungry Planet, and in 2005 received Book of the Year for the volume from the Harry Chapin World Hunger Media Foundation.

Menzel and D’Aluisio’s newest book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets (Material World Books, 2010)— is a photographic journey across 30 different countries that shows us what 80 people eat in a typical day.

Through Menzel and D’Aluisio’s evocative narrative style and exceptional photojournalism What I Eat shines a far reaching beam of light into the pantries of ordinary individuals, revealing a lot about their culture, economy and way of life.


Peter Menzel

Peter Menzel with his typical food for a day while at home working on the book production of What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. 2800 calories.

Faith D’Aluisio

Faith D'Aluisio at home with her typical food for a day while working on the book production of What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets. 1500 calories.