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Marsha

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  • Twinkie, Deconstructed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Ettlinger
    • Narrated By Mark Lund
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    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.

    Katherine says: "Interesting, but not hyped"
    "Now you know . . ."
    Overall

    This interesting, well-written book provides answers to questions such as "Where does chlorine come from?", "What, exactly, is baking powder made of?", and "Why is it that the cakes I bake at home don't taste like Twinkies?" It has a clever structure--one short chapter for each ingredient listed on the Twinkie wrapper. I thought this book was fascinating, though at times overly detailed. It's true that the author does not seem to question, in fact at times he seems to support, the processed food industry. But at bottom, the book just explains what's in Twinkies without offering judgement one way or the other. It's not an overtly political book like "Fast Food Nation." If you eat convenience or packaged foods at all, even foods that are labeled "organic," you are probably eating many of the ingredients that are in Twinkies, and it is illuminating to find out exactly what they are and where they come from.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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