Other People’s Refrigerators: Let’s look inside.

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They say that the eyes are the window to the soul…I say, look inside the refrigerator.

Refrigerators are as individual as fingerprints. More than the clothes we wear or the cars that we drive, the food in our refrigerators speaks of income and education, age and health, religion and ethnicity, even where we like to go on vacation. Refrigerators can be treasure troves of exotica or wastelands of deprivation. They can speak of careful planning or organized chaos. They can remind us that we are overscheduled or underpaid. And sometimes they just scream Take out the trash!

The magnets we stick on the door, the stash of Girl Scout cookies, the science project growing in the back of the produce bin; refrigerators combine public display, private pleasures, and dirty secrets. It’s that combination that tempts us to peep.

Photographer Mark Menjvar elevates peeping to an art form with You Are What You Eat. Menjvar examined the refrigerator contents of individuals throughout the United States, a group he describes as…the rich and the poor. Vegetarians, Republicans, members of the NRA, those left out, the under appreciated, former soldiers in Hitler’s SS, dreamers, and so much more. The portraits that resulted from this exploration create a dialogue about consumption and stewardship as they reveal the varied issues and lifestyles within our culture

Throw your expectations out with the expired milk when you browse the collection at Fridgewatcher. A fascinating exercise in foodie voyeurism, Fridgewatcher displays user-submitted refrigerator photograph from dozens of countries in every part of the world. You’ll see Parisian refrigerators void of wine and pâté, thousand island dressing in Beijing, and no gelato but plenty of Häagen-Dazs in an Italian refrigerator. While there, share details from your own kitchen by taking the Fridgewatcher survey or submitting your own photos.

Links to the past and dreams for the future, health and history, pocketbooks and politics— and you thought the refrigerator was just somewhere to keep the beer cold.


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16 Responses to Other People’s Refrigerators: Let’s look inside.

  1. Shree says:

    Oh I totally agree. If ever I get to peer inside someone else’ fridge, the only thing I hope for is — cleanliness and fresh veggies.

  2. I like this statement “the food in our refrigerators speaks of income and education, age and health, religion and ethnicity, even where we like to go on vacation”. I wondered what the food in my fridge could speak of…you’re unverified..probably. hahaha

  3. Lazaro says:

    I think people would be shocked at how empty my frige actually is. I buy and I cook. I really do not store.

    Cheers!

  4. Great post – a unique perspective into people’s lives. Always interesting to peak into the frig at the office – people live sometime differently there.

  5. Janice says:

    Rick- So would a peek inside your refrigerator reveal many take out containers?

  6. Janice says:

    I second that one. I also enjoy sizing up shoppers and speculating on their lives and household members. I know that my shopping cart gives the appearance that I feed many more people than just us.

  7. Rick says:

    The only thing in mine is yogurt and ice tea :)

    And butter of course.

  8. A bit of foodie voyeurism takes place in the grocery store too (at least for me). While standing in line I can’t help but look at what the people around me in line have in their carts.

  9. Marly says:

    We have way too many magnets on our fridge. Oh well, it is what it is. I love to see the interesting things people have in their fridges. Great post!

  10. I really like your post! And yes, it’s definitely interesting to peek into others refrigerators… really tells you who they are!

  11. Janice says:

    I would much rather look in refrigerators than medicine cabinets. Way more revealing. One photographer said that getting people to open up their refrigerators was like asking them to pose naked.

  12. Stella says:

    Hey Janice, this site about people’s fridges is very interesting. I am always intrigued when someone’s fridge opens in front of me-tells me a lot about habits and how they think about food in reference to health and life in general.
    I’m going to snoop about your blog a bit more (smile)…

  13. Janice says:

    Dennis,
    Her refrigerator sounds like a cry for help. Lucky she found you.

  14. when my wife and I first started going out her refrigerator was so sad…lol…..she can’t boil water, or shop….but she makes 2 times what I do so it works out just fine….I remember opening her refrigerator to find 4 or 5 jars of opened spaghetti sauce……she had ice cream with ice crystals on it in her freezer…..so sad…lol.
    Ice cream calls to me in the middle of the night….sigh…so we have a three day rule in our house (which she doesn’t like) if I bring Ice cream into the house she has three days to eat it….I try not to bring it home because I am fat enough already…
    anyway….
    Cheers
    Dennis

  15. I really loved this post! Very different, interesting and I see, underappreciated! I’m sending this to everyone I know. Thanks for sharing :)

  16. I like this post. “Science project growing in the back of the produce bin”, I thought that was funny. That actually happened to me before. Thank you for sharing.

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