Around fifteen years ago I asked a handful of people to e-mail me a list of what was in their fridge. I was just curious about it, the way that I love to look in somebody’s shopping cart when they are in front of me at the grocery store. Or am interested to read a discarded supermarket receipt. What do people eat? What prepared or processed foods do they buy, and what fresh ingredients? What kinds of juice, cheese, condiments are staples to somebody else?
Here’s a current list, from my fridge. I was just shopping, so I actually have a lot right now.
- Cheese (maybe 6 types)
- Yogurt, milk, sour cream
- Salami & pepperettes
- Apple juice, bubbly water, tropical-blend juice
- Left-overs: tomato sauce, black bean taco filling, pierogies, eggplant stew
- Asparagus, kale, salad greens, celery, bell & sheppard peppers, cucumber, peas, green beans
- Plums, blueberries, strawberries & pears
- Dark chocolate – 2 bars
- A door-full of sauces, spreads and condiments
Fifteen years ago my mom listed these items:
- A bowl of Jell-O
- Parsley, lettuce
- Some homemade pasta
- A package of Coffee Crisp chocolate bars
- Milk & butter
- 3 kinds of juice
- 6 cheeses
And a friend listed these:
- Cheeses – Kraft slices, blue cheese & 5 or so others
- Sliced roast beef
- Ginger syrup
- Lots of veggies
- Left-over stir fried noodles
- Orange juice
- Moroccan pickled lemons
Now, fifteen years later I am still thinking about this ‘project’. So, I turned to the Internet to see if anyone else is looking in the fridge, so to speak. First I found sites and apps to help you make dinner, based on what you have in your fridge. But then I learned about an American photographer’s project that resembles my curiosity for others’ fridge contents.
Here are some links to learn more:
If you’re still interested, I have this book on my shelf: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. (learn more: Hungry Planet)
Lastly, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn. The chef/author of this book looks at what a group of individuals eat, and then teaches them some basics about foods and food preparation. If all this talk about looking in people’s fridges is at all interesting to you, then this might be, too. (learn more: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School)
I’m still curious about what other people eat. I tend to be so used to the things I buy and make and eat, that I forget about other things that I don’t usually have, like pop. But then there are products I don’t even know about… what do you have?