A Macro View of Food Additives

(Image credit: Dwight Eschliman/Regal Arts)

Ever wondered what lycopene, azodicarbonamide, shellac, and maltodextrin look like up close and personal?

Well, now you don’t have to. A science writer and a photographer have teamed up to bring us an in-depth look at common food additives.

In Steve Ettlinger’s forthcoming book, Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products (which comes out September 29), the science writer studies the journey of commonly used food additives — from their raw forms to their processed states.

Photographer Dwight Eschliman provides the accompanying photographs — big, close-up (and strangely beautiful) shots that allow us to see every detail of additives like modified cornstarch and Red No. 40.

Whatever your stance on food additives, this book is sure to be a compelling read.