Have you ever bought a hotdog in a roll with tomato sauce and mustard and wondered just how it was made?
That burning question, along with almost 100 more, is all unveiled in a former Ulladulla resident's new book.
With almost 1000 illustrations and using plain language, Ayla Marika has created a book that demystifies how common "factory food" is made.
How Food is Made: An illustrated guide to how everyday food is produced has taken the illustrator and designer years to research, write, illustrate and perfect and is the first book in the world to lift the lid on processed foods.
Using illustrations, infographics and simple language, the informative book guides readers through the entire process of how popular factory-made foods such as sugar, coffee and chocolate are concocted, from raw ingredient to final packaged product.
Inspiration for the book came from Ayla Marika's desire to educate her daughter and young people across the globe about food production, in an era when youth and adults alike are overwhelmingly disconnected from the origin of the food they eat.
"I've covered 60 favourite foods and it presents the bare facts without bias to allow readers the freedom to form their own ideas about the food they choose to buy and eat," Ayla said.
"My vision is to reduce confusion caused by food advertising, empower people to think differently about the food they eat, and spark conversations. There's no other book like this in the world and I think it's important we educate ourselves and others in how the food we eat has been made."
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