What kids around the world eat for breakfast


I am sure a lot of you have come across this article in the New York Times but I still wanted to post it, as I think it is so interesting to see how differently children eat. At my flat we are so used to eating sweet things in the morning, be it cereal, porridge (very unusual for France) or tartines – the idea of  miso soup and soy sauce for breakfast would not even cross our mind. And yet it would feel completely natural somewhere else…

I remember Esther staying with me one day and telling one of her kids off for having grabbed something sweet to eat before eating something savoury. Only then did she realise that there was nothing savoury on the table! It is funny how we all have our breakfast traditions. I think it is the meal that we are the least adventurous about, possibly because adventure is the last thing on our mind when we are still waking up.

I also love the photos in this post, the children look so cute, still sleepy with ruffled hair and preparing themselves for the day.

– Emilie


Comments (7)

Robin W
October 17, 2014

I appreciate your comment about adventure being the last thing on your mind at breakfast. Exactly. While this was a fun photo shoot and I enjoyed reading about the different breakfasts, I found the opening statement put my teeth on edge. “Americans tend to lack imagination when it comes to breakfast.” I’m the first to admit that America/Americans could learn many things from other countries (won’t even get into that! Many a-time I have wished would could live in my husband’s birthplace…England!), but I think I have reached my tipping point on Americans constantly being slagged off for what we eat/do/think, etc. Especially after reading several of the French-influenced children and food books. Just because we do things differently (and we ALL do!, the world over), doesn’t make Americans ALWAYS wrong. When I spent 5 weeks in Italy, I was served the same thing for breakfast every day… bread, butter, jam, juice, coffee. I would hardly call that imaginative.

October 17, 2014

I know what you mean, but the funny thing is that it is actually an American article (NY Times). I think we are often harder on ourselves than we are on our cultures, don’t you think?

October 17, 2014

Loved this article- but was slightly perturbed to see them write that a common New Zealand breakfast was vegemite on toast. As an Australian… And a pedant… I can confirm proudly that this is an AUSTRALIAN export. Kiwis would more likely be spreading marmite on their toast. 😀

October 17, 2014

Hilariously I cannot for the life of me distinguish Vegemite from Marmite!

October 17, 2014

I have never really thought about it, but you are so right, us English really do eat sweet breakfasts. This is even worse when we travel abroad, as I and my children always hanker after a full English (eggs, bacon, sausages), even though we’d only eat this on the weekends when at home. So unhealthy!

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