Twinkie, Deconstructed

I have spent much of my adult working life being too busy to cook. My family ate a lot of frozen dinners and restaurant food. But it seems that while I my attention was elsewhere, something awful happened to food in the industrial world. My first inkling that what I was eating might not actually be food was an orange-covered book with a snappy title that leapt into my hand in the bookstore. In Twinkie, Deconstructed, Steve Ettinger documented his quest to figure out what his children were actually eating. He read the fine print on his Twinkie wrapper and tracked down the sources of those ingredients. The subtitle of his book tells the tale: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats. Ettinger traveled to the mines and factories where the ingredients in many products … Continue reading