Peter Menzel

Peter Menzel is a freelance photojournalist know 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 anad Picture of the year awards. Mr. Menzel is married to Faith D'Aluisio, 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. Menzel and D'Aluisio's first collaboration was "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 bu the New York Public Library. In 1998 the team published "Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects," a world-wide 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's book, "The Hungry Planet: What The World Eats" (Material WOrld Books, Ten Speed Press, 2005) is another around-the-world exploration of average daily life 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), which is a photographic journal 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.