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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.... Twinkies are not just made of chemicals," nor will their ingredients allow them to last, "even exposed on a roof, for 25 years." But what exactly their ingredients are, and how they come from places like Minnesota and Madagascar to be made into what Ettlinger calls "the uber-iconic food product, the archetype of all processed foods," is the subject of his book. Each chapter looks at individual ingredients, in the same order as on a Twinkie package, so Ettlinger finds himself traveling to eastern Pennsylvania farms to study wheat, as well as to high-security plants that manufacture highly toxic chlorine used in minute amounts to make the bleached flour that is "the only kind that works in sugar-heavy" Twinkies or birthday and wedding cakes. His exploration of the manufacturing processes of cellulose gum ("perfect for lending viscosity to the filling in snack cakes—or rocket fuel"), for example, cleverly reveals how Twinkie ingredients "are produced by or dependent on nearly every basic industry we know." (Mar. 1)
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You will never read a label the same way again.
[A] delightful romp through the food processing industry.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the ingredients in a Twinkie but were afraid to ask. . . . A fascinating global tale.
Andy Smith, editor in chief, Oxford Companion to Food and Drink in America
Awesome book. Very informative. I NEVER buy processed foods anymore. I make food/meals from scratch!!!! Read Eat To Live by Dr. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Donna
Curiosity is a good thing, but sometines it's better not to know what you've put in your mouth. "New And Improved" usually means they've used another chemical to make your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Riley Hargrove
Everyone should read this book. Very interesting and informative! Actually wrote to the author and he wrote back.Published 11 months ago by Blues Lover
Reading this is enough to make you go totally homegrown. Not that I haven't eaten my share of Twinkies, but this book really makes you aware of all the modern ingredients that go... Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. B. Long
Nice book. Helpful to understand the food Industry. And the source of all unpronounceable ingredients on all food labels on the market. I still don't want to eat them.Published 16 months ago by Guilherme C. P. Reis