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3.03 out of 53.03 out of 53.03 out of 53.03 out of 53.03 out of 5 3.03 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Ettlinger Narrator: Mark Lund Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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Like most Americans, Steve Ettlinger eats processed foods. And, like most consumers, he often reads the ingredients label without a clue as to what most of it means. So when his young daughter asked, Daddy, what's polysorbate 60? he was at a loss and determined to find out.

In this fascinating exploration into the curious world of packaged foods, Twinkie, Deconstructed takes us from the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to oil fields in China, to demystify some of America's most common processed food ingredients: where they come from, how they are made, how they are used, and why.

Beginning at the source, we follow each Twinkie ingredient through the process of being crushed, baked, fermented, refined, and/or reacted into a totally unrecognizable goo or powder with a strange name - all for the sake of creating a simple snack cake. If you've ever wondered what you're eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter is a food-grade equivalent of plaster of paris), this book is for you. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 2/5/2014

    " Bleached flour is actually bleached!!! That's crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Surfing Moose | 1/31/2014

    " A good read and found it interesting where all those ingredients come from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana Maria | 1/20/2014

    " I love to read about food and the food industry but I find very little new information. This book was packed with information that was new to me! I love reading it for information but Steve Ettlinger also writes with a great deal of wit and humor as he serves up a hefty dish of information most people don't want to stomach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liane | 1/16/2014

    " I'm not sure if this book makes me want to eat a Twinkie, or never eat food again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/11/2014

    " Interesting and enlightening. Don't expect any commentary (outside a few tongue-in-cheek comments) though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luna | 1/11/2014

    " The book was good, but it was a bit dense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 YiShun | 1/7/2014

    " i'm reading this book now. i like it! a lot! it's dense as sin, though, and i think it might take me ages to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rivera | 1/4/2014

    " I really can't say I was able to follow through on some of the more technical points but I also don't think I was supposed to. Still, the quality of the writing along with the author's style and omnisciently subtle humor made this both an informative and very enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Hulme | 1/4/2014

    " Too much awe and not enough suspicion of the effects that industrialized food production has on human health. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/27/2013

    " I'm reading this because I think it should be interesting. However, it is like that Netflix movie that you put on your list because you thought it sounded interesting, but now you actually have and don't really want to watch it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Mcelhaney | 11/19/2013

    " Great and informative lesson in post war, shelf life expanding, consistant, industrial food processes. Every ingredient that you ever asked Huh? about has it's origins and purpose explained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Collier | 11/1/2013

    " I thought that it was a good book. I would like to go back and read it again so that I better understand the text. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 10/29/2013

    " Great concept, terrible execution. The book itself was informative, but the lack of narrative makes it incredibly difficult to read. It was interesting to see the other uses of the Twinkie ingredients, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elena | 10/22/2013

    " This is why I don't eat Twinkies.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 10/12/2013

    " Another book outlining why my children don't get to eat as much junk food as they would like. This book was fascinating in its breakdown of where some of these ingredients come from. I'll never look at baking powder the same way again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/24/2013

    " Really enjoying this. Sometimes the lack of snark about the non-food in our food supply catches me off guard. I can add my own snark, but I'd never be able to get the amazing amount of access the author got. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 1/16/2013

    " Will definitely make you think twice about eating a twinkie again! Its also making me seriously reconsider my normal grocery list! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/27/2012

    " I didn't get all the way through this but it was so interesting! It's amazing what is in our food and we don't even realize it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ivory | 11/19/2012

    " Zzzzzzzzzzzzz....hard to stay focused on this one. I am very interested in food issues, but this reads like a list of factoids with a few attempts at humor thrown in. Very hard to read more than a few pages in a sitting. Fortunately, it is written in short chunks to accommodate that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Grady | 8/11/2012

    " Very repetitive, but interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tink | 7/12/2012

    " An interesting read on the ingredients that make up processed foods using Twinkies' list of ingredients as a starting point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edwarda | 4/19/2011

    " Very informative about what the FDA allows in our food, a real eye opener.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcy | 3/13/2011

    " I thought this would be a more fun book to read about junk food. Instead it was about where all the "unnatural" food ingredients come from. If that is something that interests you this would be the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 3/8/2011

    " Very repetitive, but interesting read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Barbara | 2/24/2011

    " Nice premise but dry as dust, unless you're a chemical engineer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/22/2011

    " I thought that it was a good book. I would like to go back and read it again so that I better understand the text. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vivian | 11/3/2010

    " learned a lot about all the ingredients in a Twinkie. He does not Twinkie bash. the facts were interesting but it was long. Not sure if i like all the processing that our food goes through just for long shelf life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helene | 10/24/2010

    " I read this a few years ago. It's an eye-opener! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 9/2/2010

    " this was about the only progressive book on food my library had, so i thought i'd see what it contained "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jliongrrrl | 9/1/2010

    " My inner nerd loved this book! It wasn't exactly poetically written but enjoyable. I never liked Twinkies anyway! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charles | 7/7/2010

    " This was a book that I was very much looking forward to reading as it seemed like a quirky, fun twist on the importance of eating healthy, but Steve Ettlinger's dry, pedantic tone made this an extremely tough book to finish. His writing style could not have been less engaging. "

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