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Peter Menzel

Photojournalist Peter Menzel was best known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment until he began conceiving of and producing “thinking peoples’ photography books” beginning in 1994 with his wife and co-author Faith D’Aluisio. His award-winning photographs have been published in National Geographic, Life, Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Stern, and GEO. He has received several World Press and Picture of the Year awards and has co-authored seven award-winning books, most recently, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, with Faith D’Aluisio.

Faith D’Aluisio, a former television news producer, is the editor and lead writer, photo assistant, and stylist for the award-winning Material World Books series, an imprint of Ten Speed Press/Crown Books/Random House. Together they received the James Beard Foundation Award in 1999 for Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food, for Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects. In 2005 the James Beard Foundation awarded their book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats Best Book of the Year and Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food.

In 2011 their most recent book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets was awarded the Jane Grigson Award by the IACP, the International Association of Culinary Professionals. In addition to beautiful photography, their books contain in-depth stories, captions, and interviews; copious amounts of statistics and relevant essays—hence the description ‘thinking peoples’ photography books.’

Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio are the co-creators of several other award-winning books— Material World: A Global Family Portrait; and Women in the Material World; Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species; and a children’s version of Hungry Planet called What the World Eats.

They are currently working on a book about death and death rituals around the world, which they hope to finish before they die.

Besides photographing and writing, the couple lecture, have numerous exhibits, lead workshops, and work hard not to twitter or tattle or tear each other’s hearts out.

They live in Napa, California, and are the parents of four adult sons: Josh, Jack, Adam and Evan, all of whom are taller, younger, smarter, better looking, and make more money than their parents.