Twinkie, Deconstructed – pop-science journey into ingredients in common processed foods

Twinkie, Deconstructed

imageA pop-science journey into the surprising ingredients found in dozens of common processed foods, using the Twinkie label as a guide

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?” while eating ice cream bars at the beach on a hot summer day, 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 phosphate mines in Idaho to 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 (hint: they’re often more closely linked to rocks and petroleum than any of the four food groups), Ettlinger reveals how each Twinkie ingredient goes 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.

An insightful, entertaining exploration of modern food industry, if you’ve ever wondered what you’re eating when you consume foods containing mono and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter, a food-grade equivalent of plaster of Paris), this book is for you.


As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom


ISBN: 1453608168

As I See It – Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom

Author: Egberto Willies
Pub. Date: 08.31.2010

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As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doomis an essential read. Going forward it is imperative that when we go into the voting booth that we are educated voters.Today’s politics affect your finances, your wealth, your job, and your income directly. This book ties it all together.America is currently at a tipping point. There is an ideological battle between the Left Progressive Liberals and the Right Wing Conservatives.

This book illustrates the massive defects in the Right’s policies that have led us to the brink of a precipitous fall over a cliff. The book provides the real narrative that should be the balance between the corporation, the government, and the individual citizen. It dispels the notion of the corporation being inherently more benevolent than the government.

Most importantly the book presents a logical solution to the economic woes of the country. Implemented over time the suggested policy changes would ensure that America lives up to the America we all expect it to be.

This book is an easy read. It will allow you to open yourself and questions all that you thought you knew about our economy.


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In the interest of full disclosure let me first state that I know Egberto Willies. Egberto Willies is a friend of mine
; there is no counterpart to his honest intellect and his uses of fact to refute the misdirections, obfuscations and distortions of the far right.  In a time when it has become popular to espouse a factually bereft point of view we are now in possession of the perfect antidote to counter the assertions of the willfully ignorant.

As I see It is a succinct, factual, well researched assessment of the socio-political abyss in which this country finds itself and exactly how we got there.  Time after time Egberto uses republicans’ own policies and absence to expose the complete falsehood that lies at the core of their “conservative principles”.  From their stunning lapses of their claimed superior morality to the genesis and continuation of that most odious of financial terms, “Reaganomics”, Egberto takes the reader through an exercise of understanding the errors of Republicanism not only from the American perspective but also from his broader perspective that he had the opportunity to observe while growing up in his native Panama.

While the irrefutable facts contained will be sobering to the neocon they will serve as an affirming alarm that we have to change the course in this country before we take a header off the precipice and become yet another banana republic that offered great promise.

Terry Broussard – Author of Genesis of a Mud Warrior ISBN: 0976274914


I ordered your book through Barns & Noble, and finished it in one sitting.  Egberto, your book keyed in on a lot of key points and really did a great job of honing those
points. I am really surprised how well you were able to keep the fluff (emotions) out and just stay focused on the point(s).

I was in the Gym on the bike and they tend to have the LIE MACHINE on and I was listening to a debate between a repub and a dem and the repub espoused the idea that our Manufacturing jobs are going overseas because we are not competitive with those markets in China, etc. However, his opponent failed to point-out the language he was using.

Somehow people failed to realize that America at one time had a very strong manufacturing base with many skilled workers. So when a repub uses the (competitive word) he or she really means that Americas have to be paid lower wages and ultimately dumb down there skill levels so they can make more money for the wealthy at the expense of the America workers. ( No concern about America ).

Somehow this is missed by the average person and the dems. So I do believe and hope your book will assist the dems and the misinformed to comprehend what is really going on with the words and misinformation being promulgated by the ignorant lie machine and their cohorts.

Valentino Atkins


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Live Appearance on KPFT FM Radio 90.1 Discussing Class Warfare & Politics


imageI was guest on KPFT FM Radio 90.1 December 11th, 2011 between 9:30 PM until 11:00 PM CST on the show Self Determination. We discussed my book “As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom” as well as today’s politics.

I appeared on Obidike Kamau and Akua Fayette’s program Self-Determination. It was a fun experience.Listen at this blog post.

Tampa Florida KMNF 88.5 FM Book Interview (2011-08-28)


This morning I was interviewed on Tampa Florida Radio Station 88.5 FM on the program Revolution Time featuring host Mabíli Ajaní Oguniyí. Many calls came in with some insightful concerns. The interview was multifaceted and covered not only my book but many of todays realities.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast.



Spotlighted in Kingwood Observer (2011-04-06)

Kingwood Observer Book Spotlight


Book Mentioned in KHOU Story At Houston City Hall Rally  (2011-03-16)

Interview With The Tribune About The Book (2011-03-02)


University of Texas Alcalde Magazine(2011-01-01)

My Book “As I See It: Class Warfare The Only Resort To Right Wing Doom” is featured in the Book section of the University Of Texas Alcalde Magazine January/February issue.



Top Houston Political Bloggers Holiday(2010-12-13)

Egberto With Houston Mayor Annise Parker & City Council Rep Melissa Noriega

From Left: Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Egberto Willies, Councilwoman Melissa Noriega

Houston Mayor Annise Parker stopped by the “Top Houston Political Blogger Holiday Happy Hour” on Monday December13th, 2010. In attendance as well was City Council At-Large Position 3 Melissa Noriega.

Book Discussion & Book Signing At Kingwood Area Democrats Meeting (2010-10-06)



Short Book Discussion


Questions & Answers


Book Signing Event For A Few Houston Authors (2010-11-20)