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What’s really in your food?

    2016 IACP Cookbook Award winner!

    2016 IACP Cookbook Award winner!

    In the bestselling tradition of The Elements and Salt Sugar Fat, an unprecedented visual exploration of what is really inside our food, setting the record straight on the controversial and fascinating science of chemical and synthetic additives in processed food—from Twinkies and McNuggets to organic protein bars and healthy shakes.

    What’s really in your food?

    We’ve all read the ingredients label on the back of a can, box, or bag from the grocery store. But what do all those mysterious-sounding chemicals and additives actually do?

    Focusing on 75 of the most common food additives and 25 ordinary food products that contain them, acclaimed photographer Dwight Eschliman and science writer Steve Ettlinger demystify the contents of processed food. Together they reveal what each additive looks like, where it comes from, and how and why it is used.

    Essential for everyone who is concerned about the wholesomeness of their diet or merely curious about “polysorbate 60” or “tertiary butylhydroquinone,” Ingredients is a visually and scientifically stunning journey from ketchup to Cool Whip.

    You’ll be surprised at what you find.

    Ingredients focuses on processed food additives from acesulfame potassium to xanthan gum, including artificial and natural flavorings, sweeteners, colorings, preservatives, thickeners, emulsifiers, dessicants, and more.

    It also shows what is inside Amy's Burrito Especial, Campbell's Chunky Classic Chicken Noodle Soup, Doritos Cool Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips, Dr. Pepper, General Mills Raisin Nut Bran, Hebrew National Beef Franks, Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Light Dressing, Hostess Twinkies, Klondike Reese's Ice Cream Bars, Kraft Cool Whip Original, Kraft Singles - American Skim Milk Fat Free, McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, MorningStar Farms Original Sausage Patties, Nabisco Wheat Thins, Naked Green Machine 100% Juice Smoothie, Nestle Coffee-Mate Fat Free The Original Coffee Creamer, Ocean Spray Cran-Grape Juice Drink, Oroweat Healthy Multi-Grain Bread, PowerBar Performance Energy Bar Oatmeal Raisin, Quaker Instant Oatmeal Strawberries and Cream, Red Bull Energy Drink, Snickers Bar, Trident Perfect Peppermint Sugar Free Gum, and Vlasic Ovals Hamburger Dill Chips.

    Book Praise

    A historic document

    Venessa Wong, BuzzFeed

    This book belongs in the library of everyone who cares about what goes into their food.

    Cree LeFavour, New York Times Book Review

    ...photographer Dwight Eschliman captured some of the most common ingredients included in supermarkets’ many, many processed foods… science writer Steve Ettlinger dissects those details, exploring each ingredient’s journey from raw material to highly refined ingredient to your plate.

    Katie M. Palmer,

    Eschliman’s images put common ingredients like corn syrup, chlorophyll, MSG, caramel color, and folic acid in the spotlight for once, instead of relegating them to a behind-the-scenes role.

    Shaunacy Ferro, Mental Floss

    ...a simple exploration of ingredients that most of us know nothing about, even if we're eating them on a regular basis.

    Fast Company


    What additives are in processed food and how did they get there
    Washington Post:
    Doritos, deconstructed
    Modern Farmer:
    "Ingredients," Deconstructs Foods Through Photographs and Words
    A Visual Guide to the Chemicals in Your Food
    Hungry Forever:
    Ingredients by Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger Demystifies 75 Food Additives
    'Ingredients': An Eye-Opening Look At The Additives In Our Food
    What's In Your Snack?
    Photographer Deconstructs Processed Foods Down to Their Chemical Components
    What's Inside Twinkies, McNuggets, and Other Processed Foods
    These are the ingredients and additives inside your favorite foods
    What the Mysterious Ingredients in Your Food Actually Look Like
    The Kitchn:
    Here's a Visual Guide to the 34 Ingredients in Cool Ranch Doritos
    What Your Food Looks Like
    Business Insider:
    These photos deconstruct common junk foods, and they're weirdly disturbing
    Inside 'Ingredients,' a Fascinating Book About Food Additives, Flavorings, and Colorings
    Food and Wine:
    What's Really In Your Doritos?
    Mother Jones:
    Broken Down Into Its Ingredients, a Chicken McNugget Is Strangely Beautiful
    Medical Daily:
    New Book 'Ingredients' Gives A Stunning Visual Representation Of What's In Doritos, And Other Processed Foods
    National Geographic:
    ‘Ingredients’ Book Casts an Artist’s Eye on Food Additives
    Behold the 30-plus ingredients that make up Doritos Cool Ranch tortilla chips
    bon appétit:
    Beyond the Label
    Fast Company:
    A Visual Guide To All Of Those Unpronounceable Ingredients In Processed Food
    Mental Floss:
    What Common Food Additives Look Like
    Hungry Forever:
    10 Breathtaking Close-Ups Of Your Everyday Food Additives
    What Additives Look Like Before They End Up In Your Food