Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger
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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A pop-science journey into the surprising ingredients found in most common packaged foods

Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he didn't have a clue as to what most of the ingredients on the labels mean. So when his young daughter asked, Daddy, what's polysorbate 60?, he was at a loss and determined to find out.

From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China to the Hostess factories and their practices, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients, where they come from, how they are made, how they are used, and why. Beginning at the source (hint: they're often more closely linked to rock and petroleum than any of the four food groups), we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder, all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake.

An insightful exploration of the modern food industry, if you've ever wondered what you're eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter a food-grade equivalent of plaster of paris), this book is for you.  Consequently, as Hostess plans to permanently close its doors in 2012, this book will provide a relevant guide into the practices of one of the biggest companies of all time. 

 

About Steve Ettlinger

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Steve Ettlinger, author of six books, has long been fascinated with everyday consumer products, from hardware to beer.
 
Published March 1, 2007 by Plume. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In this delightful romp through the food processing industry, Ettlinger, who writes on consumer products (The Complete Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores ), says, "Believers of urban legends take note....

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Las Vegas Review Journal

From the flood of national headlines and breathless television news reports comes word that a sacred American institution, the Twinkie, is in danger of vanishing from store shelves for good.

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TreeHugger

(click here for excerpt) 2Wheat Flour 3Bleach 4Enrichment Blend: Ferrous Sulfate and B Vitamins–Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid 5Sugar 6Corn Sweeteners 7Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Glucose, and High Fructose Corn Syrup 8Corn Thickeners: Cornstarch, Modified Cornstarch, Co...

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