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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Conran Octopus (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840915617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840915617
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stefan is a food adventurer, TV presenter and writer who loves the extraordinary side of food and has won quite a few shiny awards. His fridge is generally packed full of edible insects, odds and ends of animals and bizarre vegetables. His most horrible cooking experience was collecting vicious, biting red ants for a nice insect salad whilst filming 'Can Eating Insects Save the World?' (BBC4) in Thailand (although they were actually very tasty indeed). The worst thing he has ever eaten is 'igunak' - 12-month old rotten walrus made by the Inuit in Arctic Canada.

He has written and presented 16 TV series (mostly for the BBC) including Food Factory (BBC1), Cooking in the Danger Zone (BBC2), Harvest (BBC2), Full On Food (BBC2), Feasts (BBC4) as well as many CBBC series for children including Incredible Edibles, Disaster Chefs and Gastronuts.

Stefan has written six books - Incredible Edibles, The Extraordinary Cookbook, Gastronaut, In the Danger Zone, 101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die and Stefan Gates on E Numbers. As well as writing and starring in his own series, Stefan appears regularly on dozens of programmes from Newsnight to Blue Peter, and he's a regular panellist on Five's The Wright Stuff Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and various radio shows.

www.thegastronaut.com

Twitter Page @stefangates

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About the Author

Stefan Gates is a food adventurer and award-winning writer and broadcaster. He presents E Numbers: An Edible Adventure on BBC2 and wrote and presented the highly acclaimed 'Cooking in the Danger Zone' (BBC2), 'Feasts' (BBC4), 'Full On Food' (BBC2) and the children s series 'Gastronuts' (BBC1 and CBBC) and is a regular panellist and guest on numerous radio and TV shows. He s been nominated for three Guild of Food Writers awards, and Gastronaut won the Gourmand World Cookbook award for best food literature book. When he s not eating and travelling he spends his time exploring the history, science, drama, religion and symbolism of the food that we eat. He lives in London with his long-suffering wife and his two daughters, who have very odd taste in food indeed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Audrey adeane on 28 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Food for thought? This book will challenge all of your pre-conceived ideas about food additives.

Written from the perspective of a sceptical food consumer, Stefan seeks the advice and insight of Professors, Food Scientists, Molecular biologists, GP's and a whole host of experts on the subject of E numbers. Stefan encourages the reader to be open-minded and leave our pre-conceptions at the door and to have perspective on the food challenges that face us in the 21st Century. Most importantly, he asks us to put a bit of effort into understanding the facts on the subject rather than yield to the media mantra that E numbers are going to poison you. The result is an interesting, well-balanced and down to earth book that brilliantly challenges the widely held view that all E numbers are bad for us and that we should avoid them at all cost. Drawing many parallels and comparisons with 'natural' foods and additives and even those found in our own bodies, it introduces a new perspective to food additives. Stating the facts not the fiction it certainly doesn't let the food industry, media nutritionists or sceptics off the hook either, but tells it like it is. It also includes an excellent directory of all of the E numbers, their uses and where you might find them, making it a great reference book too. A must read for anyone interested in food.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 25 May 2010
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At last a book about E numbers which doesn't try to frighten people. Instead the author presents a cool headed essay about additives in food.
Being a food scientist, I already know about food additives but it was refreshing to read an account of additives without the usual hysteria associated with this subject.
Extremely useful in that it has a list of all the additives allowed to be used by EU law.
If you want a balanced view of what additives are, how and why they are used, and what harm may result in their overuse, then this will enlighten you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Cara on 29 April 2010
Format: Paperback
For my money, Stefan Gates is England's most entertaining food writer, North London's Jefferey Steingarten.
In this book he lifts the lid on the world of E-Numbers, leaving no stone unturned in his quest for gastronomic truth.

The book is a thought provoking riot, and Gates is prepared to go to any lengths to prove a point, whether it's undergoing liposuction to find out what E-numbers lurk in his own body fat, or eating plates and plates of processed food.

The book is thought provoking, insightful and a challenge to foodies everywhere that E-numbers aren't the devil.
most of all it's thoroughly entertaining and, I hope, the first in many "Stefan Gates on... books"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Thomson on 30 April 2010
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Entertaining. Informative. Thoroughly researched. An original idea well executed. Bought a copy for myself and several more for mates.

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