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I can't believe I read the whole thing!!

  • Dec 6, 2011
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Oh well!  At first glance it sounded like a decent idea with a bit of potential.  But by the midpoint of "Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined" I was asking myself the question "Why in the world am I reading this?"  Certainly, there is some knowledge to be gained in Steve Ettlinger's 2007 book.  Like most people, I often wondered about many of the ingredients and preservatives found in the processed foods most of us consume.  And for the most part Steve Ettlinger does a pretty credible job of describing where these ingredients come from and how they are processed.  It should raise an eyebrow or two.  After reading "Twinkie, Deconstructed" you just might think twice about grabbing a package of snack cakes at the local convenience store.  But in your heart of hearts didn't you know that already??  At the end of the day I would put forth the argument that there are better ways to spend 7 or 8 hours of your precious time than reading a book about snack cakes.  My contention is that while this is certainly a subject of some interest it is one that would probably have been better addressed in a magazine article.  Way too much unnecessary information tends to make "Twinkie, Deconstructed" a tedious read at times.  Unless you are a genuine junk food junkie I would recommend that you pass on this one.
I can't believe I read the whole thing!! I can't believe I read the whole thing!!

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December 14, 2011
There are better snack choices like fruits, nuts and natural ingredient smoothies.
December 14, 2011
twinkies.....I laugh when Kevin Smith jokes about it for being responsible for his lack of dates. Maybe he should read this book LOL!
December 06, 2011
Interesting video. Actually, I was never a big fan of Twinkies. I preferred the Hostess Cup Cakes or Ring Dings. Let's face it....they will all kill you. I rarely partake of any of them these days. Thanks for reading!
December 07, 2011
Oh, I'm a huge fan of Ho Ho's! Though I haven't had them in years.  I bet there's a way to make these relatively healthy.... er.

I'll have to experiment :)
December 06, 2011
I'm not a junk food junkie, but I do love me some random knowledge! Do you actually like Twinkies? I liked them as a kid, but now I can't bring myself to eat them knowing how unhealthy they are. I did catch an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives of The Red Arrow more in your neck of the woods in NH and I want to try their house-made Twinkies!

Cue to 6 minutes :)
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      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 …
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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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ISBN-10: 0452289289
Author: Steve Ettlinger
Genre: Professional & Technical, Health, Mind & Body, Science
Publisher: Plume

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