Shahnaz Hossain Begum (left) shares cooking space with one of her tenants at her home in Bari Majlish village outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. (From the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of her day's worth of food for a typical day in December was 2000 kcals. She is 38; 5' 2" and 130 pounds. This mother of four was able to earn enough to build several rental rooms next to her home in her village of Bari Majlish, an hour outside Dhaka. She and her tenants share a companionable outdoor cooking space and all largely cook traditional Bangladeshi foods such as dahl, ruti (also spelled roti), and vegetable curries. She and her family don't drink the milk that helps provide their income.
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