Nguy?n V?n Theo, a rice farmer, in his courtyard in Tho Quang village, outside Hanoi, Vietnam, with his typical day's worth of food. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a typical day in December was 2500 kcals. He is 51 years of age; 5 feet, 4 inches tall; and 110 pounds. Behind him is a pile of last year's rice straw, used for fuel to boil water in the family's small kitchen. Rainwater from the tile roof of the main house fills a cement cistern, providing water for drinking and cooking. Theo enjoys the relative tranquility of village life, compared to his wife's busy routine of selling fresh produce on the sidewalks of Hanoi. Floods ruined his rice crop a few months ago, so after last year's store of rice is eaten, the family will rely on his wife's income to buy this staple grain until he harvests the next crop. MODEL RELEASED.
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