Twinkie, Deconstructed

Twinkie, Deconstructed

My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats

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Traces an investigation into processed food ingredients by using the Twinkie label as a guide to reveal the unexpected ways in which chemicals and other non-food raw materials are turned into common consumables.

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For consumers who have wondered about multisyllabic ingredients in processed foods, a New York author who has appeared on the Food Network and worked as a chef demystifies them. Drawing on interviews with industry professionals, Ettlinger reveals that these snack cakes and other popular products are concocted from byproducts of chlorine bleaching, gypsum mining, petroleum processing, and other chemicals also used in non-food products--which explains the Department of Homeland Security's role in food supply protection. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Traces the author's pop-science investigation into the sources and manufacture of processed food ingredients, in an account that uses the Twinkie label as a guide and reveals the unexpected ways in which chemicals and other non-food raw materials are turned into common brand consumables.

Publisher: New York, NY : Hudson Street Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781594630187
Branch Call Number: 641.308 Ett
Characteristics: xv, 282 p.


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Jun 11, 2019

I loved this book!

Mar 19, 2011

WOW! This book may cause you to rethink some of your eating habits! Then again, it may not.

Either way, it will most definitely illuminate and clarify the cost associated with society’s love of junk food.

Nov 22, 2009

It's not just Twinkies that have all this stuff in them. It's amazing to find out some of things that we eat without realizing it.

Aug 20, 2009

Twinkie, Deconstructed is the story of author Steve Ettlinger?s ?journey to discover how the ingredients found in processed foods are grown, mined (yes, mined), and manipulated into what America eats.? Yummy. Most Americans eat processed foods every day, and sure those foods are delicious (Cheetos, anyone?) but have you ever taken a moment to consider what exactly makes that delightful day-glo orange Cheeto color? More to the point, what is Polysorbate 60? Why is bleach listed as an ingredient in Twinkies? In Twinkie, Deconstructed Ettlinger investigates the origins and uses of every ingredient listed on a Twinkie wrapper. You?ll be shocked, bewildered, and yes, grossed out, and you?ll definitely think twice the next time you walk past that vending machine in the break room, but you?ll also be the best-educated junk food junkie in town. Or you?ll just start living off broccoli.

Eat-while-you-read: Twinkies?the homemade organic version (the recipe is included in the book).

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