In the Media


  • Publication: Canberra CityNews
  • Issue: 4-10 February, 2021
  • Distribution: Canberra and Queanbeyan, Australia
  • Readership: 75,000/week
  • Read Article: Read the full article online here
secrets of processed foods CityNews article
secrets of processed foods CityNews article


  • Publication: The Weekend Australian Magazine
  • Issue: 24-25 July, pg29
  • Writer: John Lethlean, nationally renowned food critic
  • Distribution: Australia (national distribution)
  • Readership: 1.8 million/month
  • Read Article: Read the full article online here (subscription required)


  • Publication: Milton Ulladulla Times newspaper
  • Issue: 14 April 2021, Page 5
  • Distribution: Milton-Ulladulla, Australia
  • Readership: 6,900/week
  • Read Article: Read the full article online here
How Food is Made Ulladulla Times article


  • Radio Station: 2GB 873AM
  • Show: Afternoons with Deborah Knight
  • Date: 28 April 2021, 2:20pm (~7min)
  • Region: Sydney, Australia
  • Listenership: 600,000+ per week
  • Listen: Listen to the full interview online here
food manufacturing process 2GB article


  • Radio Station: ABC Radio Brisbane 612AM
  • Show: Afternoons with Katherine Feeney
  • Date: 22 April 2021, 1:45pm (~8min)
  • Region: Brisbane, Australia
  • Listenership: 10,000+
  • Listen: Audio unavailable


  • Radio Station: ABC Radio Canberra 666AM
  • Show: Drive with Anna Vidot (interviewed by Georgia Stynes)
  • Date: Thur 28 January 2021, 4:35pm (~12min)
  • Region: Canberra, Australia
  • Listenership: 10,000+
  • Listen: Audio unavailable


  • Radio Station: ABC Radio Perth 720AM
  • Show: Afternoons with Christine Layton
  • Date: Fri 7 May 2021, 2:30pm (~12min)
  • Region: Perth, Australia
  • Listenership: 10,000+
  • Listen: Audio unavailable


  • Radio Station: 2CC Talking Canberra 1206AM
  • Show: Canberra Live with Leon Delaney
  • Date: 4 February 2021, 3:50pm (~8min) – interview starts at approx 15min in
  • Region: Canberra and Queanbeyan, Australia
  • Listenership: 10,000+
  • Listen: Listen to the full interview online here


‘How Food is Made’ has been featured in…

  • CityNews Canberra front page story (4-10 February 2021)
  • The Weekend Australian Magazine newspaper (24-25 July 2021)
  • Tropic Magazine ‘Tropic Trends’ (June-July 2021, Issue 30)
  • Female Magazine ‘Books’ (May 2021)
  • The Age newspaper ‘Take 5’ (3 May 2021)
  • Sydney Morning Herald newspaper ‘Take 5’ (3 May 2021)
  • Milton-Ulladulla Times news story (14 April 2021)
  • South Coast Register news story (14 April 2021)
  • Eativity food blog (26 May 2021)
  • Lamb’s Ears and Honey food and travel blog (20 May 2021)
  • The Zine magazine (27 May 2021)
  • (11 May 2021)
  • What’s New in Food Technology & Manufacturing magazine (7 May 2021)


  • Title: World-first book lifts the lid on mysteries of processed foods
  • Release date: March 2021
  • Access: View press release here



  • Release date: 6 April 2021
  • Description: A short animation showing how hot dogs are made, including sausage, bread roll, mustard and ketchup
  • YouTube views: 4,000+


  • Release date: 3 June 2021
  • Description: A short animation showing how marshmallows are made


  • Launch date: 30 January 2021
  • Location: Smith’s Alternative, Canberra City (Australia)


  • Release date: 13 February 2021

Media Reviews

How Food is Made: An Illustrated Guide to How Everyday Food is Produced by Australian author and illustrator Ayla Marika should be compulsory in every home. And school. And public library.

John Lethlean, Weekend Australian Magazine (July 2021)

A wondrous journey of discovery start to finish…this is a book with incredible pictures laid out in a really accessible way. It’s engaging and interesting and it’s the sort of thing you could sit down with a child and work your way through, or you could just as easily enjoy it as an adult…It’s very, very entertaining

ABC Radio Brisbane, Afternoons with Katherine Feeney 'Book Club' (April 2021)

[How Food is Made] by Ayla Marika has really caught my eye – as it should anyone who cares about food. Forget about what the ads tell you about a processed food – this factual information will absolutely empower you to seriously reconsider what you eat.

Lamb's Ears & Honey food and travel blog (May 2021)

A really good way of explaining [how food is produced and manufactured]. Great book.

2GB Radio Sydney, Afternoons with Deborah Knight (April 2021)

If you or your children have ever wondered or asked what is in the food you eat then you will want to get your hands on this interesting book. Simple and clear illustrations with flow charts shows the manufacturing processes from start to finish (May 2021)

Quite an interesting read for anyone curious, includes many graphical explanations to appeal to all levels.

Female Magazine (May 2021)

Customer Reviews


Victoria Collins
★★★★★ Fun and informative – an invaluable resource to reconnect with what you eat
Reviewed in Australia on 17 January 2021
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I was most interested in this book to guide healthy food choices by better understanding what I’m consuming, in regards to the chemicals and processes that affect my gut health and which foods are closest to their natural state. I was even more pleasantly surprised however to find it helped me connect with food at a deeper level, understanding where it all comes from, what it is in it’s pure form and how much additive is involved. There are also interesting tid bits about the environmental impact of production processes.

You can use this book just by flicking to relevant parts now and then, or reading cover-to-cover. The simple, no frills presentation with professional style makes it a light and informative resource I’d recommend to anyone wanting to be food conscious or educate their family. Ideal for new years resolutions! see review

Tim Duck
★★★★★ Fun and informative
Reviewed in Australia on 14 January 2021
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This book is great, and contains some really interesting info. Most of us would benefit from being more in touch with where our food comes from and this book addresses that issue for common foods.

I love the graphic format for conveying information easily and efficiently and this book strikes a good balance between the visual aspect and the supporting text, making it great for either a casual browse, or a more in-depth read through. see review

★★★★★ Amazingly informative with great pictures!
Reviewed in Australia on 21 January 2021
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This book is just great. Suitable for all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and learning some hard truths about certain food production. The pictures and diagrams are really helpful, and enabled my toddler to enjoy the book too! Well written and researched, easy and fun to read. Would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about food production, would make a great gift too see review

Emily Duck
★★★★★ An interesting read!
Reviewed in Australia on 25 January 2021
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A great book! Well thought out, visually appealing and accessible for many age groups. It has very interesting information about food and the processes involved in making them. The graphics and layout make the information easily digestible. An easy book to read in sections if you prefer. Would also make a great gift! see review

Andrea Aranguiz
★★★★★ Interesting reading
Reviewed in Australia on 21 February 2021
Verified Purchase

Great book and graphics, learnt a lot about how food is produce and how is made. The title says it all
I totally recommend it
Interesting findings 🙂 see review

Kindle Customer
★★★★★ Phenomenal reference book to have on your shelf.
Reviewed in Australia on 12 February 2021

Great for anyone who eats food and is curious about it.
This book is easy to ready, fun and I learnt a lot from it.
I loved the combination of infographics, facts and history – somehow I retain much more with these different ways of conveying information.
Each two page spread takes about 3-5 minutes to read and understand – perfect bite sized chunks!
My youngest is 6 and loves it for a bit of night time reading. It does take a little extra explaining to someone that age but well worth the time. see review


You can view these reviews on Goodreads here.

Alaena rated it ★★★★★ 
Feb 14, 2021

A super interesting look into the process in which everyday products are made. Absolutely worth the read! Came with some shocks as the truth behind some foods was uncovered, providing insight into the journey a product takes before it ends up on the shelf. Definitely recommend to anybody interested in food- or if you’re just keen to find out what goes on behind the scenes of production, with comprehensible (and fun!) flow charts and designs 🙂 see review


These reviews have been submitted on this website by customers directly and can be viewed in their original context here.

Simply WOW
★★★★★     1 February 2021

A friend recently recommended How Foods is Made by Ayla Marika and it is hands down one of the most factual and interestingly presented books in this field. As a self confessed “foodie” who appreciates what fuel I put into my body I highly recommend.
-Beatriz jesus

Fascinating book that’s easy to read
★★★★★     1 February 2021

A lovely book full of fascinating, well researched information. Great as a coffee table book to pick up and put down but also easy enough to read fully in a sitting or two.
Very nice layout with great pictures and diagrams that helps with understanding the processed involved in the production of the various foods and beverages. Lovely feel to the cover is a nice touch too.
Highly recommended 😊

Entertaining insights
★★★★★     22 December 2020

Loved this. Beautifully written and illustrated, and some eye-openers about food production, that’s for sure.

Informative & interesting
★★★★★     12 December 2020

The graphics make this fact filled text fun & informative. It should appeal to a wide audience easy to read from primary school age upwards. We enjoyed reading the history section which proved to be informative & entertaining. Well researched & presented in an eye catching format.

Informative book with wonderful illustrations
★★★★★     7 December 2020

This book immediately attracts your eye through the wonderful illustrations, striking graphic design and quality presentation.
It is filled with interesting information and a brief history of everyday foods, with something to interest people of all age groups. It would be a great resource for individual learning or group discussion, as well as for those interested in food and nutrition.

How Food is Made

An illustrated guide to how everyday food is produced

Learn how processed food is made with food infographics in this fun comic book

An invaluable resource for teachers, parents, teens… and anyone that has ever wondered ‘how is food made?’