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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Sep 14, 2019

If you believe that "you are what you eat", then, by eating a "Twinkie" that, in turn, makes you a Twinkie, too.

(Ha! Ha!)

Anyway - If you are someone who really does eat "Twinkies" (as well as other processed foods), then, this book (that intelligently deconstructs these edibles into their distasteful ingredients) may just have you thinking twice before the next time you gobble down this sort of junk food that certainly can't be healthy for either the body nor the mind.

Sep 10, 2019

In this eye-opening book of non-fiction, American writer, Steve Ettlinger takes a close-up look at the surprising ingredients found in the processed foods that millions of people mindlessly consume on a daily basis (for the sake of a sugar-fix).

From ferrous sulfate, to polysorbate, to mono diglycerides, to sorbic acid, and beyond - "Twinkie, Deconstructed" is an insightful and fascinating exploration of the modern-day food industry where what you're eating just may contain ingredients that are the food-grade equivalent of consuming plaster of Paris.

Yummy! Yummy! For the tummy!

Sep 07, 2019

(*Warning!*) - If you like eating junk food (such as "Twinkies", and other processed foods), then do not read this book 'cause when you find out about all of the gross ingredients that go into the making of these edibles, it's certain to turn your stomach and make you swear off these foods for the rest of your life.

Believe me - This book is a real education when it comes to helping one to fully understand what exactly the puzzling ingredients are that go into processed foods and whether it's safe, or not, to actually be consuming them on a regular basis.

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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