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  1. says:

    It strikes me that Twinkies are a bit like those oil paintings that are really prints printed onto canvas and then framed It might look like the Mona Lisa, but it is far, far from that, but it does look real.So I finished the book and I am left with the feeling of great awe of how much goes into a Twinkie, from minerals that have to be mined to mega processed real eggs, but mostly non food items or ones, like the eggs so mixed, mashed and adulterated they scarcely qualify for the word real I think the whole world would be better off buying from the local bakery that uses only a few non traditional ingredients preservatives Better still, buy from local bakeries where only the bought in flour is likely to have any ingredients you wouldn t have in the house when you have a baking session We know that home made biscuits, cakes, cookies and other tarts taste better home made, we also know they aren t exactly in the five food groups and good for us, so better to limit the amount you eat but buy high quality or bake yourself and give up these wretched imitations of food.The book is well written and exhaustively researched A labour of obsession than love methinks view spoiler Notes on reading the book.Update There is nothing now that I don t know about fortified flour It s essentially a mix of an awful lot of chemicals with the real, milled, grain product and good for you The sugar by contrast, is just a highly refined, absolutely pure natural product and bad for you LOL.___________First thing was to look up exactly what a twinkie was I know this book wasn t about young and sweet looking submissive male porn stars, no it was about a cake I went to the supermarket and looked in the American food porn section view spoiler cakes are forbidden porn to those of us permanently on diets hide spoiler


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    The idea here is fascinating a close look at the way our highly processed food is made Unfortunately, the concept is way better than the execution Ettlinger isn t much of a writer he doesn t manage a consistent or engaging narrative voice, he neglects to look at either the bigger picture or the human stories around him, and he doesn t organize or tie his information together very well The result is like a very long research report written by a tenth grader.Also, Ettlinger doesn t appear to have any actual thoughts about what he s discovered Throughout the book, he ll occasionally mention controversies or differences of opinions about various ingredients, but without depth or even thought In the last chapter, where he should be discussing, he tries, but it s evident he doesn t actually have much to say There s no conclusion worth the name.So The writing isn t engaging and the content is shallow Is there a reason to read this book Yeah, kind of it is interesting to find out where ingredients come from It s just not a book you ll ever want to read a second time Get it from the library or borrow it from a friend, that s my advice.


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    Consider the TwinkieA popular food item, first introduced to the public in the 1930 s, which now represents a vast example of how ingredients have changed over the years to meet consumer demand Honestly, I d never really thought about it before that long list of hard to pronounce chemicals on the packages of my snack cakes never bothered me But reading this book not only opened my eyes to what, exactly goes into this innocent seeming treat, but also how incredibly complex and vast and intricate the entire food industry in America IS It s shocking to find out how much of our food additives come from products that were once thought to be useless by products of steel manufacturing And oil SO much stuff comes from oil Food stuff, concrete, plastic of course , stuff that goes into our shampoo and soap and toothpaste it s amazing to discover the origins of all of these things, the intricate web of relationships between manufacturing and food products I know people who won t eat Twinkies because they re made from nothing but chemicals but honestly, MOST of the food we buy and eat contain quite a few of these same chemicals it just goes to show that many consumers don t REALLY know what they re eating any I mean, if something you wanted to eat had an ingredients list like this hydrogen oxide, cellulose, hemicellulose, malic acid, dexrose, fructose, pectin, sucrose, amylacetate, and citric acid would you eat it No Not natural enough for you Not healthy Do you realize the above is the ingredients list for an apple Anyway, the point of this book was certainly not to tell everyone that Twinkies are just as healthy and natural as apples it s true purpose was simply to explore WHERE these chemicals that are contained in most food items on our shelves today come from, how they are made, and what it means in terms of the advancement of making better, tastier foods with longer shelf lives It s astounding how much goes into something as innocuous seeming as a Twinkie I m glad I read this book it was well written and informative and even funny at times I d love to see it made into a Discovery Channel like documentary.


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    YUK Twinkie Deconstructed takes us on a journey through the ingredient label of the popular snack food to find out what polysorbate 80 and bleached flour really are Whether its manufactured, mined yes mined , or put together in a laboratory, we discover what goes into the Twinkie, and a great many of the items on our store shelves.Most interesting, and perhaps most frightening, was the process of bleaching flour Fascinating, yes Inspiring, well, if heading off to Whole Foods to buy real food after discovering what is in common foods is inspiring then yes, this book is inspiring.I came away feeling as if I was just a part of some dark comedy nerd science Lake Wobegon ish tale Science and a folksy presentation style combine well to deconstruct the snack cake.


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    A really, really exciting book for me It s probably no secret that food politics is one of my pet topics The ethics of what we eat, the ethics of what s hidden from consumers all of this fascinates me and frightens me and makes me think.An ingredient by ingredient, at times laborious but always interesting, breakdown of all the components of a Twinkie, all of which are in just about all processed foods, from frozen pizza to salad dressing MEMORABLE TWINKIE TAKEAWAYS 1 Bleached FlourThat bleached flour you see on packages Personally, I d been envisioning this process as dipping the wheat kernels in a vat of liquid chlorine bleach, then washing it off with a vat of water No, apparently the actual process is rather of a national security concern the deadly poisonous chlorine gas, used to kill people in World War I There are factories, mostly located where there is lots of salt and hydropower think Niagara Falls region we aren t given any specifics for actual security reasons , which produce chlorine gas besides being toxic, it s also highly explosive This is then put on very secure iron containers, shipped to the flour factories, which pipe tiny amounts into chambers with the milled wheat to bleach it 2 SugarSugar, quite apart from its deliciousness, has some interesting industrial uses It s a flame retardant used in polyurethane foam It s used as a water based ink for printing on plastic bags It s used to clean cement mixers You can make a cheap bomb if you mix it with saltpeter 3rd world doctors sprinkle sugar in wounds to soak up moisture to prevent infection 3 EggsThere are egg breaking factories that do nothing but yes, break eggs 4 PreservativesTwinkies are famous for their longevity, but shockingly expire in less than a month, and contain only one true preservative sorbic acid Far from the formeldehyde like preservatives we envision making up the immortal Twinkie, sorbic acid is incredibly safe Legal worldwide this is very unusual for additives and safer even than table salt.5 EmulsifiersRather than preservatives, emulsifiers are the real Slim Shadys of the processed food world They make up the bulk of those less than 2% of ingredients, apparently Their job is to combine water and fats like oil They re also important because they give that smooth mouthfeel that s so important, that coat your tongue ness that makes us think we re eating fresh cream when we re actually eating nasty chemicals The laundry list soy lecithin this one s actually rather good for you , cellulose gum, whey, mono and diglycerides, polysorbate 60, and sodium stearoyl lactylate And probably many , but they aren t included in Twinkies, so alas we shall never know their names 6 Crude oil Good old fashioned petroleum is just about everywhere in our food 7 Fake butter flavour diacetyl Fake butter flavouring, found in things like margarine and ice cream and movie popcorn and, of course, Twinkies is called diacetyl Diacetyl is actually found in butter it really does give it that characteristic taste and even in rancid butter too much of a good thing In fact, in large amounts it smells horrendous It s also found naturally in things like Chardonnay wine But as an additive, it comes from yup crude oil Also paint thinner Containers of it are labeled harmful if swallowed which is rather ominous when you consider this is a food ingredient 8 Calcium sulfateCalcium sulfate, aka gypsum, aka plaster of Paris, aka terra alba in FDA language, has many uses as a food additive Even though it s used in small amounts, we will, on average, consume 28 lbs of it in our lifetime 9 Casein.Casein, an ingredient in milk, is found not only in Twinkies it s also used as a prime ingredient in early plastic, concrete mixes, glue, and paint UNRELATED TO TWINKIES BUT STILL FUN FACTS The most bizarre discovery story ever and also the story of the first discovery of any element This guy Henning Brand or as I like to call him, crazy old Maurice was searching for the Philosopher s Stone Nicholas Flamel in the flesh He decided the stuff of life was in the liquids of the body But blood research was of the devil so he decided to look at piss Which, clearly, much holier He somehow convinced a convent full of nuns to donate their piss to him, which he played around with for a few years until he managed to distill it down to a ball of waxy goop that either burned up or glowed, depending on how pure it was One day he took a handfull of this goop into bed with him to try to soak up some life from it as he slept note, this man is a fruitcake but he just got some serious burns Because that shit was phosphate The end The first synthetic dye was mauve.See, I told you Laborious, but fun.


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    Disturbing, on multiple levels Publisher s Weekly called this book a Delightful romp though the food processing industry, but I found Twinkie, Deconstucted a rather chilling appraisal of the state of modern food Ettlinger sets out on what seems a lighthearted quest to source all the ingredients in a Twinkie, on the face of it an interesting and possibly edifying task Certainly, choosing a Twinkie as his subject is clue enough that this will be a purely wink wink nudge nudge sort of examination The problem, for me, was that what he unearthed was not as entertaining as it was disturbing Twinkie, Deconstructed has come in for a great deal of criticism from various quarters for not engaging some of the deeper issues that Ettlinger raises, but then blithely abandons I would agree Some even accuse him of being an apologist for the food industry, a serious charge indeed This, I can t go along with.Instead, I d say the chief problem is he stubbornly adhered to a flawed plan for a book Clearly, he set out to deconstruct the Twinkie in a casual, gee whiz look at that narrative And I have to say he unearthed a number of downright fascinating factoids But then the quest began to be a trudge, as Ettlinger doggedly wrote chapter after chapter for each and every one of the Twinkie s many ingredients, regardless of the fact that one ingredient begins to blur into another after the first dozen or so There was a great deal of discussion of chemical processes, some of which left me scratching my head Time and again Ettlinger is taken through vast processing plants to find how this ingredient or that is produced But just as often he is denied access to processing plants and forced to speculate how one component or another is engineered There are a disconcerting number of secrets behind something as prosaic as a Twinkie, it seems Ettlinger ultimately unveils what he calls the Twinkie Nexus a vast international supply and demand driven mechanism controlled by multinational conglomerates too complex and too multi tentacled to fully comprehend Again, the main problem is this what virtue is there of tracking down each ingredient but then not really coming to grips with the bigger issues All trees, no forest I can t say that Ettlinger never addresses any of the darker issues, such as the role processed foods may play in the nationwide epidemic of obesity and diabetes He does mention this, but only very briefly, and then scampers on to the next gee whiz moment, leaving the heavy arguments mostly to the last chapter, Consider the Twinkie There he implies we have no reasonable alternative to the industrialized processed food industry More to the point, he seems to lay the blame and responsibility squarely at the feet of the consumer The argument goes something like this We want it, so they produce it We buy it We eat it So we should suffer the consequences, because it s ultimately our fault it was produced in the first place But who the heck came up with the idea for something like Gogurt, anyways Somehow I doubt there was a popular clamor for this product, a corporate brainchild if ever there was one Products are researched Studies are done Advertising campaigns are launched Wants are created And, despite the habitual use there of the passive voice, someone does those things To paraphrase Pogo, we have met the enemy, and he isn t us Before getting on a high horse to decry the excessive pressure of capitalism that force food to be so overwhelmingly engineered, Ettlinger writes, we need to remember this no farmer would bring his or her crops to market without the promise of a reward Huh Come again I m not sure I follow that argument And why am I left with the feeling he regards a desire for a healthier diet as getting on a high horse At the end of the book, he suddenly solemnly averes, There are choices to be made so it is up to us to keep on top of things in the food world Is it, really, up to us It doesn t much seem like it from what I gleaned from this book It seems instead as if much is being kept from us, at least if Ettlinger s notable lack of success in penetrating industrial secrets a leit motif of the book is any indication If ever there were an argument for stronger government oversight of the food industry, this is it What hope has the average consumer of navigating the hazardous food maze Ettlinger certainly doesn t provide any I couldn t help but think he wasted an opportunity nay, evaded a responsibility to urge a greater transparency in food production I gave this book three stars not so much because I liked it as because I was disturbed by it And that, despite all my criticisms, is a good thing Perhaps it was even the author s intent, though I sincerely doubt it Twinkie, Deconstructed was obviously marketed as entertainment While I hate to sound like an utter stick in the mud, just how sad and disturbing is that


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    Do you know what s REALLY in YOUR snack foods This book might lead you to expect a modern day Fast Food Nation or the Jungle, but it s actually a lightweight tour of American food processing that at times almost crosses the line into free advertising To its credit, you learn a great deal about the brain busting scope of the food industry, how a single, simple product like a Twinkie depends upon everything from chemical plants in Minnesota to mineral mines in China, and the facts about baking were quite interesting But this is no exposeit s a cursory guided tour by a deeply embedded journalist who gleefully reprints uncontested party lines from chemical and agribusiness companies, reassuring us, if not of the safety, then the inevitability of processed food The quality of the writing is mediocre and interspersed with too many incongruous and lame joking asides Nevertheless, it s very readable and you will learn a great deal But far from making you fear a product that he has in previous chapters revealed contains in fact, depends upon such ingredients as chlorine and shaved off rust from steel mills, the author s final chapter concludes with a mouth watering description of eating a Twinkie that borders on the pornographic In short, much like the food product featured in the title, this book seems to promise much yet in the end prove decidedly non nutritive.Perhaps a good piece to read as a counterargument to Animal, Vegetable, Mineral


  8. says:

    Ettlinger takes us through each of the ingredients that make up a Twinkie, most of which are found in other packaged food as well It is stupefyingly boring and utterly bloodless Only Ettlinger could write a chapter about industrial eggs and never mention the conditions of factory farm chickens He also doesn t seem to have a very solid grasp on the science his explanations are obtuse and often depend on forced metaphors His explanation of trans fat was sadly mistaken and managed to witter on for about a page without a single mention of chirality There was no narrative, no flow just endless chapters with punny titles and stultifying messes of exposition.


  9. says:

    Cooking is just science, that s tasty.


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    I wanted to like this because I find the subject matter fascinating And appalling When you think about what s in the food we eat, it s just gross beyond words You know what they say, ignorance is bliss And apparently it s also tasty.But in this case, it wasn t very readable I struggled to read this book I thought maybe it was just me Maybe it was too technical for me I consider myself above average as far as intelligence Somewhat science y obviously language isn t my thing since I like to make up words But I kept having to re read things because they didn t make sense Then I realized that part of the problem was that Mr Ettlinger seemed to have this love affair with commas They were everywhere And a lot of time, they were in places where they shouldn t have been So I was pausing like the comma told me to, and then getting all tripped up because pausing made the sentence weird and confusing I ended up putting this deconstructed twinkie back on the shelf half eaten Bummer, because the science was kind of cool.


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