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Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, M ined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats Paperback – February 26, 2008
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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"
aYou will never read a label the same way again.a
a[A] delightful romp through the food processing industry.a
aEverything you ever wanted to know about the ingredients in a Twinkie but were afraid to ask. . . . A fascinating global tale.a
aAndy Smith, editor in chief, "Oxford Companion to Food and Drink in America"
?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"
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If you wish for a complete primer on modern foods, however, do not read this book in isolation. Pair it with some of Michael Pollan's, Nina Planck's, and/or Marion Nestle's latest books, along with the China Study, or otherwise explore our modern system in greater depth. Ettlinger is an excellent investigator, and presents his ideas well, but seems to subscribe (as far as this book is concerned) to limited dietary recommendations and environmental perspectives.
Though vital to consider, these dietary and environmental omissions are not all together relevant to his text, and appear, appropriately, as side-notes. In revealing how fantastically industrio-chemical our food system has become, which is exactly what it sets out to do, this book positively soars. I was impressed.
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I have always admired the Twinkie as an industrial product.
As food, not so much.Read more