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Every junk food junkie in America is watching closely as Hostess Brands -- locked in a dispute with striking workers -- threatens to go out of business. I was never a big fan of Twinkies, but I've eaten more than my share of Hostess Cupcakes -- topped with the distinctive loops of icing. While we wait to see what will happen with the company, here are a few books to take your mind off the legal battle:

Twinkie, Deconstructed by Steve Ettlinger. From the publisher: "From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients? where they come from, how they are made, how they are used and why."

The Fried Twinkie Manifesto by Ryan Moehring. A humorous collection of stories and essays ranging from "biblical foreskin mysteries, to having his head split open by a crowbar-wielding man named Thor or getting busted for pickpocketing in a remote Mexican desert."

The Twinkies Cookbook. Hostess sought recipes from loyal Twinkophiles and hundreds offered "inventive, homegrown, and sometimes wacky recipes." The Baltimore Sun said, "The genius of Twinkies is they are exactly what they are—amazingly simple and tres elegantes."




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