Are you what you eat?

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” well Mark Menjivar of Good Magazine recently posted an article feature pictures of the insides of people’s refrigerators and a brief description of the individual. The result is a fascinating look into how our food is a reflection of who we are and what is going on in our life.

You Are What You Eat

“We purchase refrigerators the way we fill them: out of necessity—to preserve the milk; to keep the greens from wilting. But from the right vantage point, an open fridge is the perfect staging grounds for a discussion of consumption. And if the aphorism holds true—if we really are what we eat—then refrigerators are like windows into our souls. It’s that sentiment that’s at the heart of Mark Menjivar’s inventive exploration of hunger, “You Are What You Eat,” for which he photographed the contents of strangers’ refrigerators. As you can see, whether it holds neatly ordered rows of labels-out condiments or zip-locked stacks of shot-and-gutted buck meat, there’s almost certainly a narrative to a fridge’s arrangement.”


Owner of Defunct Amusement Park | Alpine, TX | 1-Person Household | Former WW II Prisoner of War | 2007


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


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


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


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


School Crossing Guard/Nursing Home Assistant | Austin, TX | 6-Person Household | Parents and 3 adult children live in an efficiency apartment. | 2007


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

Those are just a few of my favorites, click here to check out the full article with more images.

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3 Responses to “Are you what you eat?”


  1. 1 jennatar May 21, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I would have loved to have photographed Nik’s fridge whilst cleaning it out. Think pizza boxes and mold.

  2. 2 Jon May 24, 2009 at 5:15 am

    i fucking love your blog. i laugh or am deeply intrigued every time i come.

  3. 3 Jon May 24, 2009 at 5:17 am

    btw i am very curious as to whether the snake is for eating or was a pet waiting to be buried (or is it just me and my ex who keep our dead pets in the freezer until awaiting the proper location / time to bury ??)


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