How Food is Made

An illustrated guide to how everyday food is produced

If you have ever thought, as you bite into a hot dog, “what am I really eating?” then this is for you.

We buy and eat packaged food every day, yet how these foods are created is a total mystery to almost everyone. For most, food production is an unspoken fact of life, the details of which lie locked behind factory doors. Not anymore. In this fascinating graphic book, we show you exactly how it’s done.

In How Food is Made you will discover how the most common foods in your home are made, through easy to follow infographics and text that gets right to the point.

How Food is Made unravels 60 common foods, using plain language and illustrations to explain how each food is made step-by-step, in an entertaining graphic book format.

Featuring… flour, rice, pasta, fries, potato chips, bread, breakfast cereal, sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, salt, vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, yeast extract spread, chocolate hazelnut spread, jam and jelly, milk, yogurt, cheddar cheese, unrefined fruit and nut oil, refined vegetable oil, margarine, butter, bacon, salami, beef jerky, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fish fingers, seafood sticks, canned tuna, caviar, foie gras, eggs, tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, vegan cheese, peanut butter, chocolate, liquorice, marshmallow, gummy bears, chewing gum, soft serve ice cream, fudge, nougat, wine, beer, whiskey, coffee, tea, soft drink, orange juice, baby formula


How Food is Made uses infographics, illustrations and straightforward language to explain how processed foods are created, from raw ingredient to finished product.

in-depth infographics

infographics reveal how each food is processed, from start to end

list of ingredients

discover what ingredients and why additives are used in your food

diverse topics

learn about foods across cultures and diets, including vegan


gain the knowledge and confidence to make better food choices

wide audience

easy reading for teens, yet advanced enough for adults


strikes the perfect balance between detail and entertainment


thoroughly researched and fact-checked to ensure accuracy


there are simply no other books about food quite like this one

About the Author

Ayla Marika

Author and illustrator, Ayla Marika, masterfully distils complex food science concepts and industry jargon into everyday language and eye-catching visuals. She transforms even the most brain-achingly complicated processes into something that is not only easy to understand, but also wildly entertaining. Thoroughly researched and fact-checked, her latest work How Food is Made is set to become a staple in your food library for now and years to come.