Photos: What Children Around The World Eat For Breakfast

The New York Times just published a series of photographs of children around the world eating breakfast.

Rise And Shine; What Kids Around The World Eat For Breakfast, Photographs by Hannah Whitaker, Text by Malia Wollan, New York Times, 8 October 2014

This is Saki Suzuki, almost 3 years old, from Tokyo. In front of her is natto (fermented soybeans), white rice, miso soup, kabocha squash simmered in soy sauce and sweet sake, pickled cucumber, egg omelet, and grilled salmon. I think I also see some tofu.


This is Nathanaël Witschi Picard, 6 years old, from Paris. In front of him is a kiwi, bread slices with butter and blackberry jam (made by his grandparents), cold cereal with milk, and freshly squeezed orange juice. The article says many French children have bowls of hot chocolate into which they dunk bread. There are croissants and other homemade (at least this family) desserts on weekends.


This is Birta Gudrun Brynjarsdottir, 3.5 years old, from Iceland. In front of her is oatmeal cooked in water or milk and served with brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, fruit, or sour milk. There’s also a bottle of cod live oil which the article says Birta gulps down without complaint.


This is Emily Kathumba, 7 years old, from Malawi. In front of her is cornmeal porridge with soy and groundnut flour, deep-fried fritters (cornmeal, onions, garlic, chilies), boiled sweet potato and pumpkin, and hibiscus (or black) tea with sugar. The article says, “She is fortunate; half of the children in Malawi are chronically malnourished.”



There are 7 more at the New York Times’ site.

I love these pictorials. They say so much. And I love seeing what people eat. My first impression here is how many meals focus on a starch … bread, potatoes, squash, rice, cold cereal or hot porridge. No, wait, that wasn’t my first impression, my really first thought was how did all this food (did you see the two from Istanbul?) materialize? When parents leave early for work, who prepares breakfast? Who cleans up? No wonder prepared foods and fast-food restaurants are so popular.

Well, the photos are staged, aren’t they? Mostly. There’s not much messiness and no one seems to be in a hurry. There’s a of lack authenticity. Except for three year Tiago from Brazil. Tiago shows us morning authenticity.

What do you eat for breakfast?

6 thoughts on “Photos: What Children Around The World Eat For Breakfast

  1. Bix Post author

    I don’t mean to be sarcastic or mean but … When did it become acceptable to refer to children as kids? I was always told that “kid” referred to a goat, or was a derogatory term when applied to a human. I guess this has changed.


  2. anrosh

    Yes, I think Kids is without an derogation anymore. Even a 13 year old would refer to her 7 year old brother as my kid brother ! Have be become tolerable ? Or has it become acceptable ? And cultures are dynamic.

    coming back to topic : MR. Post built his empire on the breakfast cereal and pushed it in front of working moms ! And now without cereal it is not considered a breakfast ! If The industry decides what we have for breakfast it is shameful enough and shows the quality of our society. And they have become norms, You stray away from it and eyebrows are raised !


  3. Bix Post author

    LOL. I’ve seen a lot of eyebrows since I started eating sweet potatoes for breakfast. And pumpkins/squashes. I was really surprised to see that in some places in the world potatoes and pumpkins are staple breakfast fare. How about that.


  4. anrosh

    I think Breakfast is the time , we can have anything – heavy . Why not a steak, I ask ? , Then Loading it up in the evening , when the digestion slows down . Just my 2 cents.



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