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Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined

2 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Steve Ettlinger

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 … see full wiki

Tags: Books
Author: Steve Ettlinger
Genre: Professional & Technical, Health, Mind & Body, Science
Publisher: Plume
1 review about Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover...

Golden, Tubular Snack Fans...You Probably Don't Want to Read This Book...

  • Jan 30, 2010

I'm not a Twinkie fan. Never have been one, actually. Chocolate is my preferred poison. However, the cover of this book caught my eye and the concept intrigued me. A kid asks a "what/how" question and a dad writes a book. As a mom who looks for teaching moments, and one who has been known to provide too much information, Twinkie, Deconstructed felt like a natural fit.

I'm not even going to pretend I have any knowledge of chemistry, nor can I possibly question the details that Ettlinger painstakingly presented. However, I can tell you that the way he crafted those facts makes for fun and informative reading. From ingredient to ingredient, Ettlinger tells the reader exactly what's in a Twinkie and how said ingredient was processed. Fascinating  behind-the-scenes snippets of information that sometimes made my brain swim and sometimes made me laugh out loud.

Bottom line on the Twinkie. If you are hankering for a golden, tubular snack, grab a banana. . 

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December 06, 2011
I need to read this book. I'm fascinated by the science of food, and also have an interest in health. Thanks for sharing, Kelly!
January 30, 2010
You know I read this book some years back and never bothered to review it. I don't remember why, Anyway, I would agree that what goes into a Twinkie is natural anything! I came to the conclusion may years ago that baked goods are best made at the neighborhood level at the corner bakery. No preservatives needed! What we pay to wrap and transport baked goods great distances is a huge waste of time, fuel and other resources.
February 02, 2010
Absolutely, Drifter. Thanks for commenting.
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