A Worldwide Day's Worth of Food

What I Eat Around the World in 80 Diets
© Peter Menzel / What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

Yemen, The Home Maker
Name: Saada Haidar
Age: 27; Height: 4' 11"; Weight: 98 pounds
Caloric value of food this day: 2700 calories

EARLY MORNING: Qishir (sweet, tea-like coffee made from coffee bean husks), 4.1 fl oz.

BREAKFAST: Ful (fava beans), cooked with onion, tomato, and ground chilies, 5.6 oz. Khubz (wheat flour flat bread), 3.7 oz. Black tea, 3.4 fl. oz. with sugar, 1 tsp.

MIDMORNING SNACK: Khubz, 1.8 oz. with tahini, 0.9 oz., and feta cheese, 0.9 oz.

LUNCH: Saltah (spicy meat and vegetable stew. In this recipe: mutton, eggplant, tomato, and onion stew with hot chilies and hulbah, a foamy fenugreek topping), 8.7 oz. Rice, spiced with cumin and cardamom, 10.6 oz. Fresh tomato relish, 4.4 oz. Lahuuh (a fermented flat bread, similar to a pancake), 3.9 oz. Salad of cucumber, onion, carrot, tomato, cilantro, parsley, and lime juice, 5.8 oz. Green onion, 1.3 oz. White radish, 1.8 oz. Black tea with sweetened condensed milk, 3.2 fl. oz.

DINNER: Scrambled eggs with tomato and onion, 3.8 oz. Maluuj (bread made from millet and wheat flours), 5 oz. Black tea, 3.4 fl. oz., with sugar, 1 tsp.

SNACKS AND OTHER: Mango, 8.7 oz. Banana, 4.1 oz. Cantaloupe, 3 oz. Honeydew, 3.2 oz. Papaya, 4.1 oz. Qafuu'a (bread made from wheat and lentil flours; one-third of the full round shown is eaten), 4.1 oz. Calf meat on bone, 9.2 oz. (not included in calorie total as this is eaten only once a week) Bottled water, 1.6 qt.

The caloric value of Saada Haidar's day's worth of food in Yemen's capital city — 2700 — is much more than she used to eat in her rural village six hours south.

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