Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Review: This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth? by Patrick Di Justo

ISBN: 0804139881
Published: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Read from February 21st to March 28th, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
What do a cup of coffee and cockroach pheromone have in common? How is Fix-A-Flat like sugarless gum? Is a Slim Jim meat stick really alive? If I Can't Believe It's Not Butter isn't butter, what is it?
All of these pressing questions and more are answered in This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth? Based on his popular Wired magazine column "What's Inside," Patrick Di Justo takes a cold, hard, and incredibly funny look at the shocking, disgusting, and often dumbfounding ingredients found in everyday products, from Cool Whip and Tide Pods to Spam and Play-Doh. He also shares the madcap stories of his extensive research, including tracking down a reclusive condiment heir, partnering with a cop to get his hands on heroin, and getting tight-lipped snack-food execs to talk. Along the way, he schools us on product histories, label decoding, and the highfalutin chemistry concepts behind everything from Midol to Hostess fruit pies.
Packed with facts you're going to want to share immediately, this is info-tainment at its best—and most fun!—which will have you giving your shampoo the side-eye and Doritos a double take, and make you the know-it-all in line at the grocery store.


This book goes through everyday items and explains just what it is inside them. My personal favorite bit was about pre-digested cherry cordials, but everything in this book is interesting and fun to learn.

I appreciated the tone of the book. It was written to be fun and entertaining and not in a way just meant to scare people off of the products. Even if there are a few times you second guess products you use. In the end, you probably won't walk away forever scarred by what you read.

I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone. I think it's one of those books capable of being enjoyed by a wide range of people.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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