Pic of the Day: You Are What You Eat


Bar Tender | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Goes to sleep at 8AM and wakes up at 4PM daily. | 2008 by Mark Menjivar

Michael Pollan’s call for personal “Food Rules” drew 2,500 responses from New York Times readers in just a few days. Yesterday, he posted his favorite twenty. Naturally, the quotable selection reflects Pollan’s clever-healthy-foodie readership and ranges from: “Avoid snack foods with the ‘oh’ sound in their names: Doritos, Fritos, Cheetos, Tostitos, Hostess Ho Hos, etc” to “Don’t eat anything you aren’t willing to kill yourself.”

What happens in the unmeditated and un-edited version of Food Rules? Photographer Mark Menjivar probably has a good idea. He’s spent the last three years documenting the insides of peoples’ refrigerators, as-is, capturing what they actually buy, find, kill, and consume. He’s found, milk, eggs, beer and bread, along with a snake, styrofoam and a folded flag, fridges flush with fresh produce and shelves barely in use. See all of Menjivar’s series You Art What You Eat, along with his own 365-day food diary on his website.

Short Order Cook | Marathon,TX | 2-Person Household | She can bench press over 300lbs. | 2007 by Mark Menjivar

Documentary Film Makers | San Diego, CA | 3-Person Household | Efforts have helped send millions of dollars to children in Uganda. | 2008 by Mark Menjivar

Carpenter/Photographer | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household | 12-Point Buck | 2008 by Mark Menjivar

Midwife/Middle School Science Teacher | San Antonio, TX | 3-Person Household (including dog) | First week after deciding to eat locally grown vegetables. | 2008 by Mark Menjivar

Botanist | Ft. Wayne, IN | 1-Person Household | Feels more comfortable among flora and fauna of his era than people. | 2008 by Mark Menjivar

Retired Train Conductor | Jackson, MS | 1-Person Household | Started Meals on Wheels in his community | 2008 by Mark Menjivar

Journalist/Designer/School Teacher | 3-Person Household | Austin, TX | Writes the obituaries for the local newspaper. | 2009 by Mark Menjivar

Street Advertiser | San Antonio, TX | 1-Person Household | Lives on $432 fixed monthly income | 2007 by Mark Menjivar

Anesthesiologist | Ft. Worth , TX | 3-Person Household | Youngest son works on lobster boat in Alaska | Day after Thanksgiving, 2007 by Mark Menjivar