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With Hostess crumbling, books to turn to

With Hostess crumbling, books to turn to
Consumers reacted intensely after news of Hostess' demise. (Paul J. Richards / AFP / Getty Images)

Every junk food junkie in America is watching closely as

. I was never a big fan of Twinkies, but I've eaten more than my share of Hostess Cupcakes -- topped with the distinctive loops of icing. While we wait to see what will happen with the company, here are a few books to take your mind off the legal battle:

by Steve Ettlinger. From the publisher: "From the phosphate mines in Idaho to the oil fields in China, Twinkie, Deconstructed demystifies some of the most common processed food ingredients? where they come from, how they are made, how they are used and why."

The Fried Twinkie Manifesto by

Ryan Moehring. A humorous

collection of stories and essays ranging from "

biblical foreskin mysteries, to having his head split open by a crowbar-wielding man named Thor or getting busted for pickpocketing in a remote Mexican desert."

Hostess sought recipes from loyal Twinkophiles and hundreds offered "inventive, homegrown, and sometimes wacky recipes." The Baltimore Sun said, "The genius of Twinkies is they are exactly what they are—amazingly simple and tres elegantes."

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