This Is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks

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Food was once the providence of celebrated chefs and critical connoisseurs. Cooking shows featured all gourmet creations and web sites displayed artfully photographed delights.

Then something changed.

Perhaps it was the desensitizing of web culture or perhaps it was a cry for help from the food-loving public. But by God - there came a day when fancy vegetable towers came crashing down and $50 mushrooms were no longer acceptable. Amason and ...

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Overview

Food was once the providence of celebrated chefs and critical connoisseurs. Cooking shows featured all gourmet creations and web sites displayed artfully photographed delights.

Then something changed.

Perhaps it was the desensitizing of web culture or perhaps it was a cry for help from the food-loving public. But by God - there came a day when fancy vegetable towers came crashing down and $50 mushrooms were no longer acceptable. Amason and Blakley wanted see the old stand-bys, the carnival foods of their childhoods, the sticky mess of a deep-fried candy bar, the indulgence of a greasy burger with all the fixins.

It was the birth of the nasty food web-trend. And it was delicious.

The website This is Why You're Fat is an ode to this trend - whether seen as a commentary on North American dietary habits or a celebration of the deliciously bad - Amason and Blakey are devoted to the world's newfound obsession with over-the-top food. Within its first month the site pulled in over ten million eye balls, and attracted major nation media including CNN. The world cooked, they listened.

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Editorial Reviews

Time Magazine
"Warning: Don’t eat before, during or after you’ve seen this blog."
Chow Bella
“This collection of “deliciously gross food” from across the blogosphere is simultaneously disgusting, fascinating, and sometimes perversely drool-inducing.”
Time magazine
“Warning: Don’t eat before, during or after you’ve seen this blog.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Nothing illustrates our nation’s bipolar attitude toward eating more hilariously than this visual coronary. A stomach-turning delight.”
Boing Boing
“Irresistible”
CNN.com
“If you dare to eat any of these, make sure you have a cardiologist on speed dial.”
The Frisky
“I love me some This Is Why You’re Fat. It’s hardcore, wet and sloppy, extreme, take-no-prisoners, get down and dirty food porn. And I, for one, cannot get enough of it.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Nothing illustrates our nation’s bipolar attitude toward eating more hilariously than this visual coronary. A stomach-turning delight.”
CNN.com
“If you dare to eat any of these, make sure you have a cardiologist on speed dial.”
Time magazine
“Warning: Don’t eat before, during or after you’ve seen this blog.”
Boing Boing
“Irresistible”
The Frisky
“I love me some This Is Why You’re Fat. It’s hardcore, wet and sloppy, extreme, take-no-prisoners, get down and dirty food porn. And I, for one, cannot get enough of it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061936630
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley have gained a reputation in New York as the "new media power couple." Hyper-connected in New York's social media scene, the duo throw large-scale media events such as Internet Week NY's highlight: The Webutante Ball. Jessica is the Viral Media Editor for BuzzFeed.com and Richard is the Video Editor for Gawker Media. But with their forces combined, they are the Captain Planet of the Internet.
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  • Posted January 15, 2010

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    This Is Why You're Fat

    This Is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks

    This Is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley is a funny and frightening compilation of some of the most decadent, fattening, artery blocking dishes in the United States today and the restaurants and towns that created them.

    Here are a few of featured dishes:

    the McNugettini - which combines vodka, a chocolate shake, bbq sauce and McDonald's McNuggets;
    Twinkie Weiner Sandwich - inspired by a Weird Al Yankovic film, combines a hotdog with a Twinkee with Cheez Whiz;
    Turducken - a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey;
    Deep-Fried Coke - do you really need a description?!;
    The Elvis Donut - peanut butter-glazed donut topped with bananas and bacon; and
    The 29,559 Calorie Sandwich

    Many of these dishes are accompanied by their recipes. There are a great deal more mind-boggling dishes and recipes.

    Needless to say, none of the dishes have their calories listed, but we can safely assume that any one of them likely surpasses the daily recommended calories for most adult males.

    This Is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks is a crazy compilation and a sure conversation starter. It's sure to take away your appetite!

    ISBN-10: 0061936634
    Publisher: HarperStudio; 1 Original edition (October 27, 2009), 144 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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