Steve Ettlinger has been an author, editor, and book producer since 1985, and has helped create over forty books, mostly in the consumer and popular reference area. His seventh and latest book is Twinkie, Deconstructed (Plume, 2008), an investigation of the amazing world of artificial ingredients. He has appeared on TV numerous times demonstrating things of interest to consumers. Ettlinger lived in Paris for six years and has been a resident of New York City for 30. Prior to writing he worked at Magnum Photos and GEO Magazine as a photo editor. He is currently working on a television documentary about artificial ingredients and speaking at colleges and professional conventions about his adventures chasing down the sources of artificial ingredients. His first book, The Complete, Illustrated Guide to Everything Sold in Hardware Stores, is now out in digital form.