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Artist Mark Menjivar's Refrigerator Study

You Are What You Eat: A Study in Consumption

This month, Good magazine features a collection of narrative images that explores the different ways people address food. "You Are What You Eat," a collection of narrative images by artist Mark Menjivar, divulges the contents of various eaters' refrigerators.

One fridge, stacked haphazardly with various styrofoam takeout containers, reflects the night owl habits of a bartender. Another icebox, stocked mostly with beer, coffee drinks, and a lone plate of leftovers, reflects the eating habits of three college students. Even sadder, another contains nothing but mayonnaise and a black plastic bag — it's the fridge of a street advertiser who makes $432 a month in wages.Menjivar's work reminds us that the food we stock in our refrigerators is as much a footprint of our lives as what we do or how we dress. If I were to publish my own, I would submit the above photo, with the header, "Food Writer | San Francisco, CA | 2-Person Household | Living on soup to get over bronchitis | 2009."

What would yours say? Check out Menjivar's work (below are a few examples) and tell me what you think: are you what you eat?


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tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Semi-vegetarian obsessed with bacon, loves to cook, tries to be healthy, boyfriend a condiment pack rat.
medenginer medenginer 6 years
My man opened my fridge and told me I lived like a bachelor I had beer and ketchup. I don't keep food when I'm single it's just easier to eat out.
Marci Marci 6 years
The one with all the take-out boxes is hilarious! I used to have the empty one when I was single. Never had any food then. Now I have a nice balance, I think. At the start of the week, anyway. By Friday, the pickins are slim.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 6 years
chiefdishwash, I don't eat meat but I too have quite a thing for mustard and jalapenos. I make sandwiches with just those ingredients.
piglette33 piglette33 6 years
In one of the comments, Mark Menjivar mentioned the woman had caught the snake in the desert and was planning on making a walking stick out of it.
Marci Marci 6 years
Tomatoes shouldn't ever be refrigerated. And I've got to laugh at the 'only one beer' comment! :-D
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 6 years
this is so cool! kind of like one of my favorite questions for first dates: what did you eat for breakfast? it is so telling.did anyone else notice the SNAKE in Short Order Cook's freezer? ew.
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 6 years
this is so cool! kind of like one of my favorite questions for first dates: what did you eat for breakfast? it is so telling. did anyone else notice the SNAKE in Short Order Cook's freezer? ew.
Food Food 6 years
Chiefdishwasher: The old ball and chain drank the rest!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Yum....you only have one beer in the fridge....I hope the one in the garage is stocked with cold ones!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I looked at all the pics on his website and can I just say that I'm amazed at how few of those fridges have any VEGETABLES in them??? Aside from the woman who just discovered locally grown produce, most of those fridges are very unhealthy-looking.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
Just need five shelves in mine....one for all types of dogs....one for several types of bacon....and one for mustard and jalepenos....and two for cerveza!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Wow, that's so interesting. I love looking in other people's fridges. Mine is always loaded with fruits, veggies, yogurts, beer, and containers of leftovers for my husband's lunch. I guess it would say "Veggie-loving microbiologist married to a mechanical engineer who likes his beer". If it were taken on a Saturday, it'd be mostly empty and I'd add "the day before grocery shopping".
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