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 Madeyou 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.

How Food is Made will help you:

  • make better food choices
  • quickly and easily see how processed foods are manufactured
  • understand what those long, scary words on food labels mean
  • find out how food is made, from raw ingredient to finished product.

Featuring chocolate, bacon, coffee, beer, chips, ketchup, margarine, breakfast cereal, marshmallows, sugar, chewing gum, chicken nuggets, gummy bears and many more of your favourite foods.

An invaluable resource for educators, parents, teens… and anyone curious about food.


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. Read more…


Title: How Food is Made: An illustrated guide to how everyday food is produced
Author: Written and illustrated by Ayla Marika
Publisher: Forssa Light Publishing
Publication Date: 1 December 2020
On Sale Date: 1 February 2020
Format: Paperback book
ISBN: 978-0-9946201-0-1
Pages: 144


How Food is Made explains how the most common foods in your home are made, through easy to follow infographics and straightforward text, without skimping on the details. This book is for anyone curious about food, especially parents and teenagers. In How Food is Made, I have attempted to demystify complex processes and jargon used in the food industry and translate them into everyday language, to bring knowledge of food processing and production to all people.

During my research, I noticed a growing trend of people who feel very disconnected from the origin of the food they eat. This is no surprise, when you consider that many families today rely on processed foods instead of home cooking. We are also faced with a food industry that actively disguises or sugar-coats information relating to food production methods by using clever advertising, sly wording and attractive labels. And so this book came to be, as an attempt to fill this gaping hole in our collective understanding of food.

  • 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 & Jelly
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Unrefined Fruit & 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